Mike Mozart

Class-Action Suit Accuses Honda Of Selling Acura Vehicles With Battery-Draining Defect

Connecting your phone to your vehicle via a Bluetooth link can make driving safer. But for thousands of Acura owners, they claim this convenience — a HandsFreeLink Bluetooth phone-pairing system — contains a defect, that results in dead car batteries and the need for frequent battery replacements. Today, those owners came together to file a class-action lawsuit against Honda, the maker of the vehicles. [More]

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Senators Urge Honda To Issue “Do Not Drive” Notice For Some Vehicles With Takata Airbags

Last month, tests revealed that each time certain older model Honda and Acura vehicles’ Takata airbags deploy, there’s up to a 50% chance that it will rupture, shooting shrapnel at drivers and passengers. While federal regulators urged owners not to drive these vehicles, lawmakers are now calling on Honda to issue the same warning to owners of vehicles containing the defective airbags.  [More]

Airbags In 2001 To 2003 Hondas And Acuras Are The Most Dangerous, Need To Be Fixed Now

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Since people now tend to keep our cars longer than we used to, there are still plenty of model year 2001, 2002, and 2003 cars from Honda and Acura still on the road. Recent tests show that each time one of the vehicles’ airbags deploys, there’s up to a 50% chance that it will rupture, posing a serious risk to drivers and passengers. [More]

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Report: Carmakers Continue To Equip Vehicles With Defective Takata Airbags

Fourteen automakers have recalled nearly 40 million vehicles equipped with more than 80 million defective Takata airbags that can deploy with enough force to shoot pieces of shrapnel at drivers and passengers, leading to 10 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries. While the Japanese parts maker, federal regulators, and carmakers have worked to replace these dangerous safety devices, a new report reveals that at least four carmakers continue to equip new vehicles with affected airbags.  [More]

Samuel M. Livingston

Honda, Takata’s largest customer, says it will recall an additional 21 million vehicles equipped with the parts maker’s shrapnel-shooting airbags after federal regulators recently increased the scope of the safety initiative by up to 40 million airbags. In all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled up to 68 million airbags. Of those, an estimated 51 million are in Honda vehicles. [The New York Times]

Jacki Vance-Kuss

Investigation Into Honda’s Inaccurate Death And Injury Reports Closed

Eighteen months and $70 million later, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed a probe into Honda’s failure to report over 1700 injuries and deaths over a period of 11 years without further penalties against the carmaker.  [More]

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Honda Recalls 11K Sedans Because They Contain The Wrong Airbag

Over the past several years, Honda has recalled nearly eight million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags that can shoot shrapnel at drivers and passengers upon deployment. While replacing those safety devices, the carmaker discovered that some vehicles were fitted with the incorrect front passenger airbags.  [More]

Mike Mozart

Honda Financial Services Really Sorry They Double-Billed Customers

If you can’t get through to Honda Financial Services, the automaker’s U.S. financing arm, don’t be surprised: they’re currently dealing with a double-debiting fiasco affecting customers who submit payments online. Some customers report that their accounts have overdrafted due to the unexpected double payments. [More]

Samuel M. Livingston

Tenth Takata-Related Death Reported In Texas

The death last month of a Texas driver has been ruled to be the tenth in the U.S. — eleventh worldwide — related to the massive recall of Takata airbags that can shoot shrapnel at drivers and passengers upon deployment.  [More]

Honda Officially Recalls 2016 Civics Over Engine Failures, Continues Halt To New Sales

Honda Officially Recalls 2016 Civics Over Engine Failures, Continues Halt To New Sales

A week after directing dealers to stop selling the newest model Civic sedans after detecting a problem in the vehicles that could lead to engine failure, Honda has announced an official recall of the affected cars.  [More]

New Airbag Recall Involves 5 Million Vehicles From Honda, Chrysler, Kia & Others

New Airbag Recall Involves 5 Million Vehicles From Honda, Chrysler, Kia & Others

Another auto parts maker has kicked off a massive recall thanks to potentially defective airbags. This time, it’s Continental Automotive Systems, which has alerted federal regulators that some 5 million vehicles produced by a half-dozen car companies may contain airbags that could deploy inadvertently or fail to deploy in a crash.
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Honda Recalls 1.7M Additional Cars Over Takata Airbag Defect; Reminds Dealers Not To Sell Them

Honda Recalls 1.7M Additional Cars Over Takata Airbag Defect; Reminds Dealers Not To Sell Them

Honda warned dealers this week that they could be held liable if they sell a vehicle equipped with unrepaired Takata airbags and it explodes, injuring a passenger or driver in an accident. The warning comes as the carmaker issued a stop-sale for and once again expanded — by 1.7 million — the number of its vehicles affected by the ongoing safety device defect. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Honda Refuses To Fix Vehicles With Soy-Coated Wiring That’s Irresistible To Hungry Critters

If a car’s insides are an appealing snack for mice, squirrels, and rabbits, should the company that made the vehicle pay to fix the soy-coated wiring when those critters throw themselves a feast? The plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Honda think so, and say the carmaker is refusing to pick up the tab for repairs. [More]

Report: Emails Show Takata Manipulated Data On Airbags

Report: Emails Show Takata Manipulated Data On Airbags

When a slew of automakers announced last fall that they would no longer use airbag inflators from Takata, at least one cited concerns that the company had “misrepresented or manipulated test data.” Recently unearthed emails from engineers and others within the Japanese auto parts maker suggest those alleged deceptions were blatant and widely known.  [More]

Nissan Joins List Of Automakers Dumping Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

Nissan Joins List Of Automakers Dumping Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

Takata lost yet another customer over the weekend, as Nissan announced it would no longer use ammonium nitrate filled airbags produced by the Japanese parts maker.  [More]

Toyota Will Stop Using Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

Toyota Will Stop Using Takata’s Ammonium Nitrate Airbags

The hits just keep coming for Japanese auto parts maker Takata. After being fined $70 million by regulators over the company’s failure to report airbag defects and losing its largest customer in Honda, Takata now has to say goodbye to some of Toyota’s business. [More]

Honda Discontinues Use Of Takata Airbags In New Models

Honda Discontinues Use Of Takata Airbags In New Models

After bearing the burnt of the Takata airbag defect, including the recall of millions of vehicles and having its models be responsible for all eight deaths linked to the safety devices, Honda says it will no longer use the company’s front-seat airbags.  [More]

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Report Claims Mercedes, Honda, Mazda Diesels Also Have Questionable Emissions

Volkswagen may not be the only carmaker with diesel engines that pass emissions tests in the garage but would fail if tested on the open road. A new report claims that several other manufacturers have diesel vehicles that test well until you put them in real world driving situations. [More]