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Posted on Feb 9, 2010
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Car buyers troubled by Toyota’s recalls may have considered turning their attention to Honda, another Japanese automaker with a sterling reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, the second-biggest Japanese automaker just announced an expanded recall of its own.

A recall that began over a year ago with just a few thousand vehicles now covers 437,763 cars worldwide. The affected models were all built in 2001 and 2002 and include some of Honda’s most popular products. For a full list, see Honda’s press release.

According to the company’s statement, the airbags in some of its cars might release with too much force.

Sources: AFP, Honda, Wikipedia  —PZS

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By Jeff, February 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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At least Toyota and Honda are facing their problems and working to
reestablish their reputations. I wish I could say the same for General
Motors and their fiasco of a car: The 2006 Cobalt. Talk about the need for
a recall? Visit NHSTA to view their complaints section on the model to
learn how dangerous that car is. Hundreds upon hundreds of complaints
about steering problems. Drivers cruising America’s highways and having
their steering give out and GM pretends the problem doesn’t exist? Know
what? Toyota and Honda will end up the Tylenol’s of the auto industry
while GM will continue to fade into the background until their
management team learns to follow the same protocol.

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By Blackspeare, February 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

This is a nightmare scenario for some and a dream for others.  It doesn’t take too much imagination to see the legal implications of all this.  Should a manufacturer fail to make a recall could they be liable?  Should a recall be made and an car owner fails to bring the car in could the owner be liable in the event of an accident?  Wasn’t this John Edward’s speciality?!

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By RAE, February 10, 2010 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

“According to the company’s statement, the airbags in some of its cars might release with too much force.”

Y’know, something just isn’t adding up here. Airbag design and construction have been around for a long time. Same for brakes and gas pedals. I mean, once you’ve designed the damn thing and it works well, WHY THE HELL START INVESTING MORE TIME AND MONEY IN RE-DESIGNING IT?

Q2: And if you must re-do such rather CRITICAL components, doesn’t it go without saying that you test the hell out of them BEFORE RELEASING THEM for the public to risk their lives to beta test? Dammit… you’d think these companies had been taken over by the MICROSOFT WINDOWS nitwits!

Today’s cars are being made far more complex than is necessary. Look at the ads… all they sell is the TOYS - hardly a word is said about such inconsequential items such as “engine that will last 25 years” or “wheel bearings good for a million miles” - nope… just “10 speaker stereo system” and “cooling space for your soft drinks.” With all these gadgets just waiting to break down anyone who buys one of these things is an idiot (IMHO of course).

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