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HondaJet 90-Day Run Frequency and Disassembly Requirement Class Action

Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. and Honda Aircraft Company, LLC make and sell HondaJets. The complaint for this class action alleges that Honda issued maintenance recommendations for aircraft that were used less often during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that it may now require a $700,000 engine disassembly for those that did not follow the new recommendations.

The class for this action is all persons or entities who bought and own a HondaJet.

HondaJets are used all over the world. The maintenance requirements, the complaint says, are contained in a “combination of written contracts, sales and marketing literature, and owner/user warranty materials, couple with owners’ and operators’ manuals and training materials…” At times, Honda has issued additional notices or other communications. Owners also undergo flight maintenance training.

According to the complaint, one selling point was that HondaJets were supposed to have a 5,000-hour time before maintenance (TBO). Honda advertised service and support at HondaJet dealer facilities, and that, when necessary, it could send mobile repair teams to service HondaJets at other locations.

In March 2020, as businesses began reducing operations because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Honda may have realized that owners be giving their HondaJets less flying time than usual.

The complaint claims the two plaintiffs in this case, DW Volbleu, LLC and Silverleaf V, LLC heard that in April 2020, Honda Aircraft “purportedly had given notice to owners and operators of HondaJets about a requirement to fire up and run the engines of each HondaJet for 15 minutes, every 90[ ]days, if the aircraft was not being flown during such a 90-day period.” However, the plaintiffs only heard about this sometime around June 2021, long after Honda Aircraft had made the recommendation.

According to the complaint, Honda Aircraft called this a “requirement of storage,” although the aircraft were not actually in storage and were still being used periodically.

Even worse, around the same time, the plaintiffs discovered that, if owners and operators had not run their engines according to the 90-day requirements, Honda was requiring them “to submit their engines to a tedious and expensive inspection and overhaul and repair process” where the engines “had to be removed from the aircrafts, and disassembled to look for any corrosion … at a substantial cost estimated to be $700,000 per engine pair, in many instances…”

Furthermore, this disassembly had to be done at Honda’s approved overhaul facility, rather than at the regional service centers where owners normally had their servicing done. The complaint alleges that Honda would not supply mobile technicians to perform this servicing, even though the planes were effectively grounded by the overhaul requirement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs only found this information buried in a Service Letter of April 2020 with the 90-day recommendation, but nothing about the disassembly requirement if it was not followed.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: News

Most Recent Case Event

HondaJet 90-Day Run Frequency and Disassembly Requirement Complaint

August 12, 2021

Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. and Honda Aircraft Company, LLC make and sell HondaJets. The complaint for this class action alleges that Honda issued maintenance recommendations for aircraft that were used less often during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that it may now require a $700,000 engine disassembly for those that did not follow the new recommendations.

HondaJet 90-Day Run Frequency and Disassembly Requirement Complaint

Case Event History

HondaJet 90-Day Run Frequency and Disassembly Requirement Complaint

August 12, 2021

Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. and Honda Aircraft Company, LLC make and sell HondaJets. The complaint for this class action alleges that Honda issued maintenance recommendations for aircraft that were used less often during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that it may now require a $700,000 engine disassembly for those that did not follow the new recommendations.

HondaJet 90-Day Run Frequency and Disassembly Requirement Complaint
Tags: Aircraft, Breach of warranty