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Honda Admits Under-reporting Crash Deaths, Injuries

“We acknowledge the problem,” says senior executive.

by on Nov.25, 2014

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The recall scandal continues to rock the auto industry with new and damaging revelations.

The latest company to have its reputation seriously smeared is Japanese automaker Honda, which admits it failed to file more than 1,700 accident reports with federal safety regulators as required by law.

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“At Honda, we acknowledge this problem as our management responsibility,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America.


Honda Recalls 170K More Cars with Takata Airbags after Fifth Death

House Dems push for hearings, investigation about the problem.

by on Nov.13, 2014

Honda recalled an additional 170,000 vehicles worldwide for problems with Takata-produced airbags.

The revelation from Honda Motor Co. about another death related to Takata Corp. airbags as well as the recall of an additional 170,000 vehicles added fuel to the fire for members of Congress demanding hearings and an investigation into the company and the problem.

Honda disclosed this week that a driver in Malaysia died in July after being hit by shrapnel from an airbag supplied by Takata. The maker also widened its recall for the defective airbags taking its total recalls of cars fitted with potentially defective Takata airbag inflators since 2008 to nearly 10 million vehicles globally.

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Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and two subcommittees asked the chairmen to set up Congressional hearings and investigations of the safety risks posed by the airbags that have been installed in 7.8 million U.S. vehicles. (more…)

Honda Cuts Executives’ Pay after Fit Recall

CEO stands to lose $70K due to fifth action on new subcompact.

by on Oct.24, 2014

The new Honda Fit cost the maker's CEO $70,000.

Many executives have incentives tied to the performance of the company they work for, but in Honda’s case, senior executives are being docked some pay after the maker’s subcompact Fit was recalled for the fifth time.

The recall involves 425,825 Fit hybrid vehicles and other models in Japan. Honda said in addition to a noise-related issue there is a problem with the ignition coil or power-supply circuit could cause the engine to stop in the Fit and Vezel hybrids as well as some gasoline-powered Fit and N-WGN models.

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The move comes as Honda is facing lawsuits due to accidents involving airbags supplied by Takata Corp. The airbags have been linked to four deaths, which were all in Honda vehicles. (more…)

Honda Adds Another 1 Mil Vehicle to Airbag Recall

Subaru also impacted by faulty Takata airbag problem.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Honda will recall as many as 1 million more vehicles due to airbag problems, including '03 Accords.

One of the largest safety-related problems in automotive history has become even bigger, faulty Takata-made airbags forcing Honda to recall as many as 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker impacted by the problem.

More than 10 million vehicles have been affected by the defect which could cause airbags to improperly inflate in a crash, potentially sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The announcement comes a day after Honda announced a separate recall due to a separate problem involving the headlights on some of the vehicles sold by its Acura luxury brand. Ford, meanwhile, announced six separate recalls on Tuesday covering over 100,000 vehicles. All told, more than 41 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been recalled since January 1, already a record well ahead of the 34.1 million vehicles recalled in 2004.


Fire Risk Forces Recall of 900k Honda Odyssey Minivans

Latest in series of Odyssey recalls.

by on Mar.17, 2014

A 2008 version of the Odyssey minivan.

While often ranked among the best of the market’s minivans, the Honda Odyssey minivan has faced a number of recalls for potentially serious safety-related issues in recent years, and it is being targeted by yet another, the Japanese maker announcing it will need to service nearly 900,000 of the vehicles due to a potential leak that puts the Odyssey at risk for fire.

While the maker says it knows of no fires or injuries so far, “Prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals and a high temperature environment may cause the cover of the fuel pump strainer to deteriorate prematurely in a manner that can result in cracks in the material.”

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If that happens, Honda said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is an “increasing…risk of fire.”  It can also lead to the smell of fuel in the vehicles.


Airbag Issues Continue to Plague Honda in US

Accidental deployment now occurring in 2008 Accord.

by on Feb.04, 2014

The 2008 Honda Accord is subject to a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for faulty airbags.

In what will seem like a case of déjà vu, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a preliminary investigation into faulty airbags in more than 360,000 Honda Accords.

The agency opted to start the review after it received 28 complaints about the airbags accidentally deploying in when a door is closed on 2008 model-year Accords.

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“The complaints indicate the driver-side or passenger-side side curtain airbag and the side torso/seat-mounted airbag deployed when the driver or passenger door was shut. Two of the complaints reported injuries allegedly caused by the deploying air bags,” NHTSA said. (more…)

Airbag Problems Force Major Honda Minivan, SUV Recall

Service action impacts Honda Odyssey, Acura MDX models.

by on Sep.19, 2013

The Honda Odyssey minivan has faced several airbag recalls this year. The 2003 model is shown.

Problems with airbag units that can deploy inadvertently has triggered the recall of nearly 400,000 Honda minivans and SUVs sold in North America.

It’s the latest in a series of airbag-related problems the Japanese maker has experienced in recent years. However, the maker said it knows of no crashes related to the latest defect.

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The auto industry, on the whole, has been experiencing a number of airbag-related issues, including the widespread distribution of counterfeit — and potentially dysfunctional – versions of the safety devices.


Feds Investigate 343,000 Honda Minivans

Problem could trigger another major recall for Japanese maker.

by on Jul.01, 2013

2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey minivans are under investigation due to reported brake problems.

Just days after ordering a recall to fix problems with more than 140,000 of its subcompact Fit model, Honda is again under the microscope as federal regulators investigate potential problems that could cause the brakes on nearly 350,000 Honda Odyssey minivans to apply on their own.

The Japanese automaker has already recalled nearly 2 million vehicles so far this year and though it remains to be seen if the new investigation will lead to yet another safety-related service action, Honda already recalled 180,000 vehicles this year due to braking problems.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it launched the latest investigation involving 343,000 Honda Odyssey minivans produced during the 2007 and 2008 model-years after receiving 22 complaints of unexpected braking.  According to some owners, the vehicles suddenly slowed by as much as 30 miles per hour even though they tried to accelerate.


Honda Orders Recall Because of Fire Risk – for a 2nd Time

Same subcompacts improperly repaired in 2010, maker admits.

by on Jun.28, 2013

The 2007-2008 Honda Fit's master power window switch can short and even catch fire if it gets wet.

Honda has become the latest automaker to order a recall due to the risk of potential vehicle fires – a problem linked to a defective power window switch that has led to major recalls at several competitors including Toyota and General Motors. Embarrassingly, it is the second time Honda has had to repair the affected vehicles for the same problem.

In fact, with the recall covering just 143,083 Honda Fit subcompacts sold in the U.S., the latest safety action is relatively modest when compared to the 2.5 million vehicles Toyota had to recall in the States for the problem last October.

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The latest action involves 2007 and 2008 model-year Honda subcompacts and is linked to a defective power window module that is vulnerable to rain or spilled liquids that might over time get in through the driver’s window.


Honda Recalling Over 200,000 Vehicles for Shift Interlock Problems

Latest in an ongoing series of safety issues for maker.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The new Acura flagship, the RDX sedan, is one of the vehicles covered by the latest recall.

Already hammered by a series of recalls that have so far involved well over a million vehicles since the beginning of the year, Honda has added another 200,000 sedans, crossovers and minivans to the list, the newest recall involving problems with the maker’s shift-interlock system.

The new recall comes as a particular embarrassment for the maker’s luxury drivision, affecting the recently launched Acura RDX, which was intended to put a high-tech halo around the brand.

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About 17,500 of the 2013 Acura RDX sedans are covered by the recall, along with 128,000 Honda CR-Vs and 59,000 Odyssey minivans, the latter two models sold during the 2012 and 2013 model-year.