Williams, et al. v. Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., Case No. 2:13-cv-05066-BRO-VBK (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California).
This case concerns severe corrosion in certain first generation Yamaha F series outboard motors. The defect in the motors results in severe corrosion in the dry exhaust portion of the motor, which can ultimately lead to engine failure. The complaint alleges that Defendant knew of the defect for years and failed to inform consumers, while simultaneously profiting from sale of a kit that contained the exact defective parts at issue. Despite the fact that growth of the corrosion is ongoing, but hidden, during the warranty period, Defendant has refused to honor its products and provide repair or replacement for its consumers.
The case was dismissed and is now on appeal before the Ninth Circuit.
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