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Category: Honda Safety

Toyota Recalls 130,000 Tundra Trucks

Toyota announced that is recalling 130,000 new 2014 Toyota Tundra trucks.

According to this article, “The vehicles may be equipped with the “center pillar garnish,” a plastic interior panel, that if improperly installed could impede the deployment or proper function of a side impact airbag.”

Honda Honored as National “Highway Safety Hero”

At Honda, we don’t just build some of the most reliable and long-lasting vehicles on the road; we build some of the safest. And that safety doesn’t just mean safety for our drivers and passengers but also pedestrians who walk along side our vehicles. All the innovation has paid off as the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety presented Honda with its prestigious “Highway Safety Hero” award!

According to this article, “The award recognizes Honda’s commitment to introduce advanced vehicle designs that aim to reduce pedestrian injuries and enhance driver visibility.  Honda was the only automaker, as well as the only corporation, recognized at this event.”

“We are proud to be a part of a company that not only looks after the safety of drivers and passengers, but goes even a step further and tries to protect pedestrians and cyclists from serious injury in the event of a collision,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “No one wants to think about colliding with a pedestrian or cyclist, but the fact is is that it does happen. Honda wants to keep everyone on the roads safe, inside their cars and outside.”

We think it’s pretty cool that the AdvoCates for Highway and Auto Safety recognized Honda for it’s advances and dedication to “safety and driver assistive technologies as standard equipment, including features that aim to reduce pedestrian injuries in a collision. Technology such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots is focused on reducing severe head injuries, which account for 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities.”

Go Honda!

Honda Expands Airbag Recall, Does Not Include Washington State

Honda is expanding a recall on airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation that may explode on impact causing injury. Last month Honda and other auto manufacturers who use Takata airbags issued a recall.

This expansion includes vehicles sold in California and brings the total number of vehicles recalled to two million. That number could rise to three million as Honda puts forth every effort to make sure its customers are safe.

“It seems like humidity has something to do with the faulty airbags, so while the recall hasn’t affected us here in Washington State yet, we thought it was important to make people aware that has been reported as an issue in other places in case they have an issue,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Of course, if anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

According to this article, “The vehicles affected by the recall are the 4-cylinder-engine-equipped 2001-7 Honda Accord; the 2001-2 Honda Accord V6; the 2001-5 Honda Civic; the 2002-6 Honda CR-V; the 2003-11 Honda Element; the 2002-4 Honda Odyssey; the 2003-7 Honda Pilot; the 2006 Honda Ridgeline; the 2003-6 Acura MDX; and the 2002-3 Acura TL and CL.”

 

Select Honda Pre-Owned Vehicles Recognized as Safer Choices for Teen Drivers by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

  • Certain model year Honda Accord, CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot vehicles rated as some of the best pre-owned vehicles for teen driver safety
  • Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class1

Several model years of Honda pre-owned vehicles have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as part of its first-ever list of safer used vehicles for teen drivers. Research conducted by IIHS found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and suggests that the type of vehicle driven has a big effect on the degree of risk. Further IIHS research showed many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology, and, as a result, a list was compiled to help guide parents in making safer choices.

Honda pre-owned vehicles earning this first recognition from IIHS as among the best, safer choices for teen drivers under $20,0002 include the Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later), Accord Coupe (2013-14), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007 and later) and Honda Odyssey (2011 and later). Additionally, the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) and the Honda Odyssey (2005-10) were included on the list of good choices for teen drivers under $10,0002.

“Enhancing the safety of our customers and the quality of our products is a top priority for Honda,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Our long-term commitment to enhancing safety and durability makes Honda an ideal choice when shopping for safe, reliable transportation, new or pre-owned, for all drivers including teens.”

For added piece of mind, customers choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Honda (http://www.certified.honda.com) vehicle on this list from one of our authorized Honda dealerships, an extensive limited warranty is included. According to IHS Automotive vehicle registration statistics, Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class1.

Vehicles considered “best choices” for under $20,0002 have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Vehicles considered “good choices” for under $10,0002 have good or acceptable side crash protection and head restraints rated better than poor. If rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles earn a 4 or 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score, for model years 2011 and later, or 4 or 5 Stars in the front and side crash safety tests for earlier models tested under NHTSA’s old rating system.

All Honda vehicles on the list come equipped with standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (what IIHS calls Electronic Stability Control or ESC) and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crash tests. According to IIHS, systems like Honda’s VSA® reduce fatal single-vehicle crash risk by about half and fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by one-fifth (see Status Report, June 19, 2010, at iihs.org).

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities in the U.S. and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models rated TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.

IIHS Best Used Car Choices for Teens Under $20,000: IIHS Good Used Car Choices for Teens Under $10,000:
Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later) Honda Pilot (2006 and later)
Honda Accord Coupe (2013-14) Honda Odyssey (2005-10)
Honda CR-V (2012 and later)
Honda Element (2007 and later)
Honda Odyssey (2011 and later)

 

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1 Durability based on longevity. Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations for 1988-2013 for Honda and competing non-luxury brands.
2 Based on IIHS pricing research among all used vehicles. Prices will vary and may be higher for certified pre-owned vehicles, which offer multiple benefits, including limited warranty coverage.

Honda Leads Industry-First Development of Visualization Technology to Advance Study of Crash Test Simulations

In its constant pursuit of designing and building safer vehicles for all road users, Honda is pioneering the use of a groundbreaking new three-dimensional, crash-simulation visualization technology based on DELTAGEN, the leading high-end 3D visualization software by 3DXCITE (formerly known as RTT).

The technology takes the output from a commonly-used advanced simulation software package, known as LS DYNA CAE, and renders the event in a three-dimensional presentation. The visualization technology, which was first designed for use in the animation and film industry, enables Honda engineers to more easily study the results of a crash simulation, test different design approaches and implement design changes with greater speed and efficiency.

Honda engineers are able to manipulate the rendering, rotate the view in any direction and strip away parts of the vehicle to isolate a section or component for more thorough analysis. The crash barrier can also be rendered transparent in the virtual environment so the immediate effects of a crash can be viewed from multiple points of view, including the driver’s seat.

The visualization software was co-developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the North American research and development arm of Honda, and 3DXCITE.

“With this technology, we have gained the potential to improve the quality of decision making and reduce the time required for finalizing a vehicle design by greatly increasing the ease of communicating and understanding the results of a crash test simulation,” said Eric DeHoff, Technical Leader for CAE in the Crash Safety Group of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “This tool will promote a more complete understanding of vehicle safety design amongst all engineers involved in our vehicle development process.”

Honda engineers challenged developers at 3DXCITE to integrate the DELTAGEN software with Honda’s existing LS-DYNA CAE crash simulation data to deliver a detailed 3D rendering of the simulation. Honda engineers provided detailed parameters of the tool and oversaw its development.

“This technology would not have become a reality without the vision and leadership of Honda engineers,” said Tom Celusnak, Solutions Architect for 3DXCITE.

“Past efforts at creating this kind of highly realistic rendering involved weeks of concentrated effort by engineers and rendering specialists and would result a single simulation with fixed viewing parameters,” added DeHoff.  “With this new technology we can create and manipulate the simulation at the push of a button, and we can do it in hours instead of weeks.”

Honda R&D has been utilizing LS-DYNA non-linear crash simulation technology since 1998 as part of its new-model development process and has used the technology to help develop new safety designs, including its next-generation Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, now being applied to every new Honda and Acura vehicle, and the innovative one-piece hot-stamped door stiffener ring first applied to the HRA-developed 2014 Acura MDX.  Today, as a result, Honda has more vehicles achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automaker, including the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, the Civic sedan, Odyssey minivan, Acura RLX sedan and Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle.

Honda Honored as a “Highway Safety Hero” by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for Advancing Pedestrian Safety

  • More than 10 million Honda and Acura vehicles purchased in the U.S. feature pedestrian injury mitigation features and designs
  • More than 95 percent of model year 2014 Honda passenger vehicles and 100 percent of model year 2014 Honda light trucks come equipped with standard rearview cameras, reaching 100 percent overall application for 2015 model year

Honda’s commitment to introduce advanced vehicle designs aiming to reduce pedestrian injuries and enhance driver visibility with standard rearview camera application has earned Honda recognition as a “Highway Safety Hero” by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates). For 2014, Honda was the sole company honored receiving the “Highway Safety Hero” award along with 26 current and former members of Congress, eight state officials and 14 citizen activists “in recognition of efforts to save lives, prevent injuries and make roads safer.”

As part of its commitment to improving safety for all road users, Honda has led the U.S. automotive industry in the application of safety and driver assistive technologies as standard equipment – including features that aim to reduce injuries to pedestrians in a collision, such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots, with a focus on reducing severe head injuries, which account for roughly 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities.

Further, Honda has taken a comprehensive approach to the application of rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. No other brand has as many models equipped with standard rearview cameras for the 2014 model year and by the 2015 model year, rearview cameras will be standard on all Honda and Acura models.

“For more than a decade, Honda has focused on reducing the threat of injuries to pedestrians as part of our ‘Safety for Everyone’ approach,” said Chuck Thomas, chief safety engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. who accepted the award on Honda’s behalf. “As we continue to research other advanced technologies such as vehicle-to-pedestrian sensing technologies, this work will be an integral part of our dream to eliminate motor vehicle collisions entirely.”

Rearview cameras are just one aspect of Honda’s overall approach to enhanced driver visibility and situational awareness, demonstrated by the broad application of technologies such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems on Honda models. These systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield or a front mount radar system to identify and alert drivers to a potential collision with a vehicle detected in front of them, or to alert drivers if the car is unexpectedly moving out of a detected lane. Other available features aimed at improving driver visibility are the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Honda LaneWatch display and Acura’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

For more detailed information about Honda’s history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and vehicle designs that are meant to enhance the safety of all road users, please view our Safety Issue Brief.

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. In advancing its designs, Honda developed the groundbreaking pedestrian crash test dummy POLAR II and later Polar III to better understand the dynamics of pedestrian collisions. The company also operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models ratedTOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.

Toyota Recalls More Than 1 Million Vehicles

Toyota announced that is recalling more than one million vehicles, an expansion of a recall from last year, because of potentially faulty air bags. That number would include about 766,000 vehicles here in the United States.

The faulty air bags were manufactured by Takata Motor Corporation and Honda is looking into whether or not it will also need to issue a recall.

1,000 Honda Fits Recalled

Honda announced that it is voluntarily recalling 1,038 Honda Fits from the 2013 model year.

According to this article on Edmunds.com, the recall is in regards to an issue with the right driveshaft.

“During production of certain right driveshafts, it is possible that a heat-treatment process was not properly applied, resulting in the driveshaft being weaker than intended,” the company said in a statement. “As a result, in certain cases a weaker driveshaft may be more likely to fail due to the torque applied when the vehicle is accelerating from a stop.

“A broken right driveshaft will reduce the vehicle’s ability to move under its own power, which could contribute to a crash.”

No accidents or injuries have been reported.

If you are concerned about your vehicle, please do not hesitate to call Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships. Any vehicles that are affected by the recall will be repaired free of charge.

Honda Odyssey Recall

Honda is voluntarily recalling some 2014 Honda Odyssey minivans because the side airbags may not deploy during a crash.

The recall involves less than 25,000 vehicles.

According to this brief, “Honda says a shorting terminal, which prevents deployment of the air bag before it’s put into the vehicle, might have been damaged during assembly. That might illuminate the air bag warning light and prevent the side curtain air bags from deploying.”

“If you have any questions about the safety of your vehicle or possible necessary repairs, please do not hesitate to contact us,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “Of course, any inspection and repairs related to this recall will be done free of charge to Odyssey owners.”

 

Replacement Pumps for Odyssey Recalled

About 750 after-market fuel pumps that may have been put into Honda Odyssey minivans to replace original pumps are under recall from the  fuel pump manufacturer, Airtex.

According to this article, “The fuel pump strainer may begin to deteriorate allowing fuel to leak out, posing the risk of a fire.The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule or remedy plan. Owners may contact Airtex at 1-800-880-3056.”

The recall would affect replacement fuel pumps put into Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2005 to 2010 model years. No injuries or incidents have been reported.

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