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Category: Honda Safety

Honda Civic Safest Small Car in Insurance Safety Test

The Honda Civic was one of the few small cars that received a “good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

According to this article, “The Civic is the top-selling model in the U.S. so far this year in its segment of “upper small” cars, according to Autodata Corp., a Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based industry researcher.Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Corolla ranks second. The Civic is Honda’s second-best-selling vehicle in the U.S. after the larger Accord.

“The two- and four-door Civics, made by Honda, based in Tokyo, both scored “good,” the top rating, in the insurance institute’s simulation. Honda has designed its vehicles to withstand the types of crashes in this test and to have a survivable space for the driver after impact.”

Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee said this underscores a good point: you don’t have sacrifice safety to own a small car.

“There are so many big vehicles on the road, that people want to make sure they will be safe in a collision if they choose to buy a small car,” said McLaughlin. “This study shows that if you want the safest small car on the market, you need to buy a Honda Civic.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Sims Honda dealership to take the Honda Civic for a test drive and experience first hand the safest small car on the road.

Honda CR-V Rated One of Europe’s Safest Vehicles

While we try to keep things local (or at least national) on the BlogHonda blog, we also like to brag about the accolades given to Honda vehicles overseas. It reminds us that Honda is a globally recognized brand for its excellence, safety, and reliability.

Like this article that tells about how the Honda CR-V has been rated one of the safest vehicles in Europe by Europe’s vehicle safety organization, NCAP. It was just given a 5-star rating! (Five stars is good in anyone’s book, right?!)

The rating was based on the following items:

  • occupant protection
  • child protection
  • pedestrian protection
  • availability of driving aids

One thing that stuck out to me in reviewing these was “pedestrian protection.” Here in the United States, I don’t think we worry too much about way of protecting pedestrians that may get struck by a vehicle. I’d be interested to learn about that and how we can better protect pedestrians in the U.S.

“The new CR-V’s top safety rating reflects Honda’s commitment to overall vehicle safety. Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone; safety for drivers, but also safety for passengers, pedestrians and occupants of all vehicles. Honda’s car-to-car crash test facility at the Tochigi R&D plant analyses impacts between models of different sizes and weights and develops solutions to mitigate injuries for both passengers and pedestrians.”

Read more about the safety features of the Honda CR-V HERE.

 

Some Honda Fit Vehicles Being Recalled

Honda is voluntarily recalling some Honda Fit vehicles and asking owners to park them outside until they can be inspected because there is potential for the power switches to catch fire.

No structural fires or injuries have been reported. Seven switches have melted and two caused fires in the doors.

The recall affects Honda Fit and Jazz vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years; it affects about 135,000 vehicles in the U.S. The glitch may affect the driver’s side door power windows. According to this article, water can get into the windows and cause the damage.

“If own one of these Honda Fits, please make an appointment to bring it in so we can determine if there is any damage,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “Take it to your nearest Honda dealership and our certified technicians will see if there is any damage and fix it free of charge if there is.”

If you have any questions about this recall, please do not hesitate to contact Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda.

Wireless Vehicle to Vehicle Braking Technology: Video

I’ll be honest. I just got into a fender bender this past week. Totally my fault. They’re building a new house right on the lake we pass on the way to our local YMCA and I was admiring the progress of the beautiful home when traffic stopped in front of me. I slammed on my brakes, but, alas, it was not enough and I hit the car in front me.

Now I have to go without my car until July 9.

Do I wish that all cars had vehicle-to-vehicle braking technology? Why, yes. Yes, I do. It would’ve saved me a whole lot of grief the past few days and next couple weeks.

This article and video highlight the basics of this technology currently being tested in Europe. Basically what it does is allows the cars to talk to each and alert the driver of the cars if a collision seems imminent. In my case, snap me out of wondering how much that lake-side home cost and get me to notice that the light had turned red. True, in order for it to work, all cars would have to be equipped with the technology, but we are always adding safety technology to our cars and think of all the collisions it could prevent!

What do you think? Does this technology look like a good idea or just a waste of money?

Honda Recalling 18,000 Acuras, Hondas in United States

2007 Honda S2000

Honda is voluntarily recalling 18,000 Acura RSX compact cars from 2006 and Honda S2000 cars from the 2006 and 2007 model years due to possible issue with the brakes.

According to this article, “Honda says some power brake booster parts weren’t made to specifications. That could cause a decrease in braking power over time and could increase the risk of a crash. But the company says it doesn’t know of any accidents or injuries from the problem.”

Owners will be notified via mail by mid-July. Of course, Honda dealers will repair or replace an problem parts at no charge to customers. Please feel free to contact Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership if you have any questions or concerns.

AAA Warns Against Dashboard Technology

With an announcement of what many may have already known, the triple-A auto club warned of a “public safety crisis” from voice command technology that allows drivers text and send emails.

According this article, “The head of Triple-A’s Foundation for Traffic Safety says when people are distracted by another task, they can develop what researchers call “inattention blindness.” They look straight ahead, but fail to see what’s in front of them — like red lights and pedestrians.

There are about 9 million cars and trucks on the road with infotainment systems, and Triple-A says that’s expected to jump to about 62 million vehicles by 2018. Officials with the auto group say they want to limit the voice-driven technologies to “core driving tasks” — instead of activities like posting Facebook messages and ordering pizza.”

I don’t know about you, but the fact that talking your email isn’t any safer than holding a phone to your ear is not news. What do you think? Do you think dashboard technology makes your driving safer or are you distracted more?

 

“Honda LaneWatch is Awesome”

We LOVED this article that simultaneously mocks our reliance and desire for technology while praising the “awesome” Honda LaneWatch technology available on all trims of the 2013 Honda Accord.

According to the writer of this article, what technology don’t we need? Twitter available on our refrigerators as offered by Samsung (“I just got ice. #cold #drink #icerocks2013 #yourdrinkiswarmerthanmine“).

He also takes a hit on Toyota Infotainment system that allows you search for and buy movies tickets and also make dinner reservations while driving to pick up your date (ideally, you would’ve done that beforehand, but life happens). And for good reason. With many states passing laws outlawing handheld cell phones because they distract drivers, what part of searching for the perfect date movie and restaurant while speeding down the interstate sounds like a safe idea?

The writer lists several other good and bad technology examples but then he gets to his point: “I think Honda LaneWatch is Awesome.”

Honda LaneWatch technology works by using video to display your blindspot on the screen on your dash every time you flip your turn signal. So, as you indicate you are going to switch lanes, the screen in the dash shows you exactly what is around you so you can make a good decision (hopefully).

“I recently had a Honda Accord press car with LaneWatch, and I was so impressed by the feature that I didn’t use the passenger mirror once throughout the entirety of my time with the car. This is pretty cool: a camera that completely takes the place of a side-view mirror. Concept cars have teased the idea for years, but here I was actually experiencing it in a $25,000 Honda Accord!”

After his test drive, he admitted that he missed the technology: “Still, when used for its intended purpose, LaneWatch is tremendously helpful. The picture’s clear, it’s aimed exactly where you want, and – to help you decide if it’s safe to change lanes – it even displays three different on-screen lines: Green, Yellow, and BMW Driver…When I gave back the Accord and returned to my LaneWatch-less SUV, I began to realize just how much technology is missing from my life.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships today so you can take the 2013 Honda Accord for a test drive and find out for yourself why Honda LaneWatch technology is truly “awesome.”

 

 

2013 Honda Civic is Safest Small Car on the Road

The 2013 Honda Civic the only compact car to receive the top safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

According to this article, “The 2013 Civic Sedan recently received the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), and the highest possible rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, including a top score of Good in the new small overlap frontal collision test. Honda said it leads all automakers with every one of its tested model year 2013 vehicles earning a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.”

To repeat, the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe are the only small cars to receive these prestigious safety ratings.

“Some people get a little anxious about owning and driving small cars because there are so many BIG cars on the road and there’s a real concern about safety,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “However Honda’s dedication to safety shines through with these new safety awards for the Honda Civic. Drivers don’t need to be worry about their safety when they’re driving a Honda Civic!”

Honda reinforced its frame, which allowed it pass the new off-set frontal crash that simulates a collision on the front corners of the car.

“Car shoppers cannot find a small car with higher overall safety ratings than the 2013 Honda Civic,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Safety ratings leadership across product lines is a fundamental part of not only our strategic business plan, but also our philosophy as a company.”

If you want the safest small car on the market, stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership today to take the 2013 Honda Civic or Honda Civic coupe for a test ride!

More Recalls Means Safer Cars

Whenever you hear about recalls, it may make you think that cars are not as safe as they used to be, especially since there are more recalls than there used to be (note: there are more recalls, but fewer vehicles are affected by these recalls than before).

According to the Detroit News, however, the number of recalls actually suggests that cars are safer. This article outlines three reasons why modern-day recalls are actually a good thing and a sign that cars are safer.

1. Quality Control is getting better, making problems simpler to spot. “Thanks to more sensitive testing software, plus increased communication between the various divisions at car companies, it’s far easier to discover trouble spots in-house.” What this tells me is that, yes, there are problems. But modern technology makes problems easier to catch, resulting in more recalls. Communication

2. Companies are trying to proactive rather than reactive. This makes complete sense to most consumers. In auto-recalls of yesteryear, automakers were almost in a sense of denial and wouldn’t issue recalls until they absolutely had to. This, of course, resulted in terrible PR for affected companies. However, in this information age, it is better for companies to “nip it in the bud” before they are forced to clean up a mess. This is why we are seeing many more ‘voluntary’ recalls issued by automakers.

3. Companies have no choice but to be transparent. This is related to the reason above, but it is important on its own. “ It’s become increasingly difficult for companies of any kind to keep their business practices opaque; when they try to do so (and fail), the results can be disastrous. The trend is toward transparency, and ramping up recalls is part of that process.” There are very few secrets that stay secrets forever, so transparency is very important to auto companies when it comes to issue of safety with their products.

What do you think? Does the number of recalls make you feel better or worse about the quality of your vehicle?

 

Rear Visibility Cameras Can Save Young Lives

This touching article about a mom who accidentally ran over her young son as she backed out of her driveway illustrates exactly how rear visibility cameras, or backup cameras, could help save lives of many children around the country.

It is a sad story that has been repeated more than 1,000 times from 1990 to 2010. Oftentimes, children are injured or killed by those who love them most who simply didn’t see them behind the car.

As the article points out, “driver expectation” is a big part of the reason incidents like these occur: drivers simply don’t expect children to be around there. In the case mentioned above, no doubt this mom expected her son to be inside with her husband, but her young son somehow got outside and onto the driveway. Drivers are most careful in parks and school areas, but, in other places, where you don’t expect children to be wandering around, drivers tend to let their guard down.

So this mom, and many other moms, have made it their mission to urge the U.S. government to require rearview cameras that will allow drivers to see in their rear blind spot. Many vehicles already have rear cameras as an option, including the popular family minivan Honda Odyssey and the 2013 Honda Accord, which includes the rearview camera standard on every model.

In fact, “According to Edmunds.com, a privately held automotive information firm, 70 percent of 2012 model year vehicles have backup cameras available on one package or more.”

As is pointed out by many supporters, they believe the cost auto manufacturers claim to add cameras to every new vehicle will go down as more and more manufacturers apply it, and, so far, that seems to be true. Honda is a great example of that: instead of making the rearview camera an option for higher-end models, the 2013 Honda Accord is the first vehicle to include the backup camera standard on all trims. No doubt, this won’t be the last vehicle to do that, either.

Is having a backup camera a big selling-point for you as a car shopper? Do you think backup cameras should be required to be installed in all new cars?

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