Several Honda Pilot customers report experiencing problems with the compliance bushing of their vehicles breaking, leaking oil, and needing replacement. The compliance bushing (also known as the control arm bushing) is a small, necessary part of a vehicle’s suspension system made of rubber or polyurethane. The issue appears to be affecting 2009-2010 Pilots, the 2011 Pilot, the 2015 Pilot, and likely the model years in between 2011 and 2015 as well.
In response to a 2015 NHTSA bulletin about fluid leaking from the compliance bushings, Honda extended the warranty on the 2009-2010 Honda Pilot compliance bushings through 2017 or for 120,000 miles, however, the issue appears to be affecting more Pilot models than those covered by the extended warranty period.
Honda’s warranty does not include a mandatory arbitration clause (though it does include an optional arbitration clause) and does not include a class action waiver.
Tesla faced a similar lawsuit in 2020 related to suspension issues (including lower control arm bushing leaking). Some of the claims against Tesla were dismissed without prejudice in 2021, but others were allowed to proceed.