It was recently reported that 1,156 2012 Honda Civics have been recalled
due to a faulty o-ring that does not properly align with the fuel feed
line. A fuel leak may result in a fire with an ignition source.
Honda will be informing buyers and the campaign to repair the defect will
be in place by month’s end. Upon inspection, Honda will replace
the fuel feed line if it is necessary to do so.
No crashes, or fires were reported and the recall was actually discovered
by a factory employee who noticed a fuel smell on April 29, 2011. Honda
subsequently informed regulators.
It is reported that 17% of the vehicles that have been affected by the
defect were to be sold in the U.S. A majority of which have not yet been sold.
While recalls are common in the automotive industry, it is important to
understand how a recall may affect a lemon law case. If consumers have
given the manufacturer a reasonable opportunity to repair the defect,
including a repair attempt as a result of a recall, and the defect still
exists, the consumer may seek recourse under the
California Lemon Law.