Acura RDX, MDX Named in Lawsuit Over Acceleration, Stalling Problem
Last Updated on June 26, 2020
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- June 26, 2020 – Investigation Closed
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who owns or leases a 2016-2020 Acura MDX or 2019-2020 RDX.
- What’s Going On?
- A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging a defect is causing the vehicles to decelerate when the driver steps on the gas pedal. The vehicles may then stall and shut down, only to return to normal functioning as if nothing happened.
A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that a dangerous safety defect is causing 2016-2020 Acura MDX and 2019-2020 Acura RDX models to decelerate rapidly – rather than accelerate – when drivers step on the gas pedal.
This can cause the vehicles to stall and shut down without warning, only to return to normal functioning as if nothing happened.
If this sounds like something that happened to you, attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to speak with you. They’re investigating whether additional lawsuits can be filed over the accelerator issue, but first need to learn more about the problem. They're specifically looking to hear from owners and lessees of 2016-2020 Acura MDX and 2019-2020 RDX vehicles.
What Could I Get from a Class Action Lawsuit?
A successful lawsuit could force Honda to issue a full recall and provide a fix for the problem. Drivers could also receive money for:
- Vehicle repairs
- Loss of the value of their cars
- Rental car costs
- Inability to use their vehicles
Drivers Complain of Vehicle Hesitation, Stalling
A number of complaints have been posted online from drivers who had issues with the gas pedal in their Acura MDX and RDX vehicles. A sample of these complaints can be read below [sic throughout]:
I'm seriously considering trying to sell my lease as I'm so frustrated with the performance. When trying to accelerate after braking the vehicle has a MASSIVE hesitation where it just sits there doing nothing literally for a solid second or 2. Not only being very frustrating it's IMO very dangerous. If I'm at a yield and then need to merge quickly, if I'm getting on a highway from a parking lot, if I'm trying to switch lanes in traffic, etc the vehicle just bogs down and does nothing for that 1-2 seconds.”
— spinedoc777, Acurazine.com
On October 30, 2019, I was passing a dump truck on rt. 539 in New Jersey, I had just accelerated to complete the pass. As I was completing the pass, the engine lost power and the engine malfunction light began blinking, I've been told the vehicle went into limp mode. The car decelerated and would not go over 20 mph. I was quickly able to pull onto the shoulder to avoid being hit by the truck I just passed…the dealer was unable to duplicate the issue. The vehicle was returned to me, I was informed if the issue occurs again to bring it back. This vehicle had approximately 10,500 miles on it at the time of the incident. This is a very dangerous problem, I narrowly avoided being in a car accident.”
— Tuckerton, NJ, CarComplaints.com
I traded my 2009 MDX for 2016 MDX and what a difference. The new one might have more toys but the driving is no fun. Especially when you getting on the highway or coming to stop and waiting when the oncoming traffic gives you a chance to cross the street. So when you get the chance you press the gas pedal to accelerate and the car just does not want to go. I think this is a major issue and might cause a lot of accidents because you actually do not know if the car will respond when you need it or it won't and someone just will crash you because the vehicle did not accelerate.”
— Anna C., Chelsea, Mass., CarComplaints.com
Since we purchased this car there has been hesitation at acceleration since day one. This is frustrating and dangerous.”
— Gil E., CarComplaints.com
It is believed that Honda became aware of the acceleration issue after drivers began bringing their cars in to service dealerships and through complaints sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Still, the lawsuit claims, Honda concealed the defect, even though it could present the risk of an accident, injury or even death.
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