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As Honda Keeps Racking Up Recalls Will it Tarnish Maker’s Quality Reputation?

Honda logs 3 big recalls in one week – impacting 1.7 million vehicles.

by on Oct.08, 2012

The Honda CR-V -- a 2006 shown here -- has faced a number of recalls this year.

It was a busy week for Honda, the maker announcing three separate recalls impacting 1.7 million vehicles – even as federal safety regulators revealed a new investigation that could eventually lead to the recall of yet another 600,000 Honda minivans and SUVs.

The latest developments put Honda firmly on track towards repeating last year’s dubious achievement as the maker to recall the most vehicles in the U.S. market. Of a total 15.5 million vehicles recalled in 2011, 3.8 million of them carried badges for Honda or its luxury brand Acura. This past week’s recalls alone accounted for nearly 45% of last year’s total.

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Even before the latest series of recalls was announced, George Peterson, chief analyst with AutoPacific, Inc., warned that Honda “needs to be worried” about the impact the ongoing series of recalls could have on its traditional reputation for building some of the market’s highest-quality products.

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Honda Joins Recall List With Fit Subcompact

Potential fire hazard prompts action.

by on Jan.29, 2010

Honda's worldwide recall of the Fit hatchback impacts 140,000 cars in the U.S.

Honda's worldwide recall of the Fit hatchback impacts 140,000 cars in the U.S.

Honda Motor Co. will recall more than 600,000 of its subcompact Fit hatchbacks due to a potential fire hazard, the maker announced today.

The problem is the result of a defect master power window switch that could leak and, in some cases, cause a fire.  So far, the automaker acknowledges, it has received three reports of fires caused by the defect, including two in the U.S. and another in South Africa.

The problem impacts what has become one of Honda’s best-sellers worldwide, and a vehicle that has proven unexpectedly popular in the United States, where it competes against a growing list of subcompacts, such as the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, and soon American offerings like the Ford Fiesta.

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The recall involves a total of 646,000 of the subcompacts sold in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa and Asia.  The Japanese market – where the Fit is Honda’s best-selling product – is notably not included in the recall.

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