LED headlights are supposed to be a more efficient and cost-effective choice. However, the Law Office of Richard Schechter has been closely monitoring the 2016-2018 Honda Accord because there have been many complaints alleging defective LED daytime running lights that are costing consumers upwards of $500 per headlight to fix.
The 9th and 10th generation Accord have a strip of LED lights running along the bottom side of the headlight assemblies that serve a dual purpose. They stay on whenever the engine is running as daytime running lights (DLR) and they look nicer, offering a look similar to that of an Audi or BMW. That is, until the entire strip (or half the strip, in some cases) goes out for no reason. Reports indicate failures of the Accord’s LED lights as early as 10,000 miles.
The worst part? Due to the way Honda designed the headlight, if you want to replace the LEDs, you need to replace the entire assembly. According to carcomplaints.com, the average cost to replace a headlight is $560 and the average failure mileage is 46,000 miles. None of this sounds efficient or cost-effective.
Isn’t the Headlight Covered Under Warranty?
Yes, the headlight assembly is 100% covered by Honda’s standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and owners generally report the warranty experience is smooth sailing. Which is good, when you consider some owners have needed to have the same headlight replaced multiple times within that warranty period. Unfortunately, the moment your odometer hits 36,001 miles, those free replacement headlights from Honda start to become $500+ dollar headlights coming out of your pocket.
What are my options if I’m out of warranty?
Many vehicle owners report multiple headlight failures within the first few years of ownership. As a result, current and former owners and lessees may be forced to keep paying for costly and repeated repairs out-of-pocket.
Some owners have opted to let the lights burn out, and while there are no laws in the United States regarding daytime running lights, some states do require that you have headlights on under certain circumstances. For more information on your state’s laws regarding headlight use, click here.
Call Us Today!
The Law Office of Richard Schechter is investigating a potential class-action lawsuit on behalf of owners of 2016-2018 Honda Accord vehicles equipped with daytime LED headlights that have failed prematurely. If you or someone you know has had problems with the LED headlights in your 2016-2018 Accord, call us today at 1-800-734-5612 for a free consultation with Mr. Schechter. During your consultation, Mr. Schechter will be happy to answer your questions, explain your legal rights and address any concerns you may have. Call us today!