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California drivers not included in Honda defect repair

Car repairs are not cheap. Even if a new vehicle is under warranty, repairs can still cost a car owner who has to take time from work and family or find alternate transportation while the car is in the shop. A new car that requires multiple repairs can quickly become a frustration an owner does not want to deal with. In fact, in such cases, the car repairs may fall under California lemon laws.

Some owners of new Honda CR-Vs are becoming fed up with the defects in their vehicles, and Honda is finally taking steps to correct a common issue. Soon after purchasing the car, owners may begin to smell an odor inside the car, see numerous warning lights on the dash board or have the car stall leaving them stranded. Dozens of Honda owners report that dealership mechanics, unable to correct the issue, have told them to adjust their driving, such as taking only short trips or using only the most expensive gasoline.

Now, however, Honda has revealed that the poorly designed engine in the CR-V allows gas to leak into the vehicle's oil. This may cause the oil to overflow and damage the heating and air conditioning unit. It can also result in the driver losing control over the engine and transmission. Honda will be testing a repair process in several cold weather states in December, but safety advocates say that is not enough to protect drivers whose vehicles may suddenly stall.

Unfortunately, this means drivers in California may not have a repair option. Instead, their mechanics will have to consult with manufacturer technicians, which may result in more trips to the repair shop. Fortunately, car owners have options under the state's lemon laws, and a skilled attorney can assist them in taking the appropriate steps in seeking satisfaction.

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