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Honda Recalls 550,000 CUVs

Maker on track for another year at top of recall charts.

by on Mar.30, 2012

Honda is recalling 550,000 Pilot and CR-V crossovers.

When it comes to safety-related quality problems, 2011 wasn’t a good year for Honda, and 2012 isn’t getting off to any better of a start.

The Japanese maker, traditionally known for solid reliability, has announced it will recall 550,000 of its Pilot and CR-V crossover due to problems that could cause the low beam headlights to suddenly stop working.  It’s the latest of a half-dozen safety-related service actions Honda has announced during the first three months of 2012 – and comes in the wake of Honda recalling more vehicles than any other auto manufacturer operating in the U.S. in 2011, a dubious distinction held by Toyota the previous two years.

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Honda says the newest recall is the result of wiring problems and that they are limited to 2002 to 2004 model-year versions of the small CR-V, and to the 2003 model-year Pilot.  Apparently, there is not enough slack in the wiring and, over time, routine vehicle jouncing can lead to a break in the wiring leading to the headlight switch.

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Subaru Tops Honda in New Consumer Reports Study

Japan still tops "Automotive Report Card," but lead shrinking.

by on Feb.28, 2012

The 2012 Impreza helped position as the new leader in the Consumer Reports Automotive Report Card.

In another setback for longtime Japanese quality leader Honda, it has been knocked out of the top spot according to the annual Consumer Reports Automotive Report Card by up-start Subaru.  Honda had topped the study for the last four years but has taken sharp criticism, of late, for a variety of problems, notably with the latest version of its long-popular Civic model.

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Subaru, the maker of all-wheel-drive products like the Outback and Forester also topped industry giant Toyota in the yearly measure of performance, comfort, utility and reliability.

Japanese makers retained their lead, overall, in the annual automotive study.  But, “While Japanese automakers still hold the top five spots, their lead is shrinking. In some of Honda’s and Toyota’s recently redesigned models, cost-cutting has become more noticeable,” said David Champion, senior director of the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.

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Second Odyssey Recall Worsens Honda Problems

Newest problem: faulty front windows.

by on Mar.29, 2011

Honda announces the second Odyssey recall in just two weeks, this one involving faulty windows.

If any automaker benefited from the crisis at Toyota, last year, it was Honda.  Data suggests it was the only manufacturer to pick up a significant number of once-loyal Toyota owners during the industry giant’s problems with unintended acceleration and other safety-related issues.

But suddenly, it seems, Honda is having a spate of quality-related setbacks of its own – which could complicate matters as the company struggles through the effects of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown trifecta that have so far shut down its Japanese operations for nearly three weeks.

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The latest problem: the recall of 2,800 Odyssey minivans because of a defect that can result in the front windows coming off their tracks, rendering them inoperable.  It’s the second recall of the latest-generation Honda van in just two weeks, following the callback of 33,000 Odysseys due to faulty windshield wipers.

The latest numbers are small – though any safety-related issue involving family-oriented minivans can be problematic beyond the actual number of vehicles recalled.  What’s especially significant is the fact that, according to data filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda had the third-highest number of vehicles involved in recalls of any automaker operating in the U.S. last year – and second-highest among Japanese — 2.4 million covered by 15 separate actions.  (Nissan had 16 separate recalls but they involved just 2.1 million vehicles.)

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