Thursday, January 26, 2023
News Agreement in Honda Paint Issue Class-Action Suit Pending

Agreement in Honda Paint Issue Class-Action Suit Pending

The possible settlement with Honda Canada may cost them as much as $27 million


  • If the settlement is agreed upon, owners could receive up to $2,675 as compensation.

  • The involved cars are the 2006-2013 Honda Civic and 2006-2011 Acura CSX.

  • Thousands of Civic and Acura CSX were sold with serious paint defects from the factory.


You’ve more than likely seen one or more 8th generation Honda Civic or its twin, the Acura CSX, built and sold from 2006 with very bad paint. A number of owners in Quebec filed a class-action lawsuit against Honda Canada and it looks as though the automaker might be ready to settle with the group.

If you bought a new 2006-2013 Honda Civic or 2006-2011 Acura CSX, not a pre-owned one, you’ve probably noticed that the paint on the car is not aging quite as well as the car itself. Back in 2019, two law firms were given the ok to file a class-action suit against Honda Canada for the defective paint. In late April, Honda Canada offered to settle the suit to the tune of $27 million.

Between 15,000 and 30,000 Civic and CSX owners will be eligible to split the pot but not all will get an equivalent amount. The minimal amount, if you are eligible, will be $125 from Honda as they did not warn buyers of the defect. Beyond this, there are three possible payouts (translated from Radio Canada):

  • You can receive up to $2,550 to have your vehicle repainted. You will be entitled to this amount whether you still own the vehicle or have since sold it. Approximately 100 body shops in Quebec are authorized to perform the work.
  • You do not wish to have your vehicle repainted: you could receive a cash indemnity equivalent to 60% of the work reimbursement, for a maximum of $1,530.
  • You have resold your vehicle without having it repaired: you could obtain compensation for loss of value at resale of up to $1,530.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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