For two separate defects, Toyota is recalling about 1.3 million vehicles. One recall includes 752,000 Corollas and Corolla Matrixes for airbags that could deploy inadvertently.
The unexpected airbag deployment has caused minor injuries in 18 reported cases, and two accidents were caused by the defect in Japan.
According to this article, “An IC chip in the airbag control unit can malfunction when it receives electrical interference from other parts in the car, causing the airbags to deploy when it is not necessary, Toyota spokesman Naoto Fuse said.”
Separately, Toyota is recalling 385,000 in its Lexus IS series because of problems with the wiper blades.
“The wiper arm nut of the front wiper in these vehicles may not be tight enough and the wiper may not work under certain weather occasions, including in snow.”
Read the complete Reuters article for more details on the recall and how these problems add to Toyota’s recent safety problems, including the settlement for vehicles that may or may not have accelerated unintentionally.
Here is brief video (without any commentary) featuring the incredible-looking new Acura NSX at the Detroit Auto Show. It will also be the first supercar built in the U.S., probably Ohio.
“”To me, the great and exciting part about this whole thing is that the NSX is going to be the only supercar built in the United States” by a mass-market automaker, Honda sales chief John Mendel said in an interview at the show.”
We think it is incredibly cool and significant that the Acura NSX “supercar” be built in the U.S. Acura parent company, Honda, is showing its dedication to the American auto industry and economy. It will probably be a small plant because Honda expects the hybrid-powered sports car to be a selective seller, but even a small plant can make a big difference to communities and local economies.
It will make a statement like the Acura NSX makes a statement.
Last year the Acura NSX was a concept car without an interior and one of my favorite parts of this concept revealed in the video is the red (please be velvet!) interior. And here is my favorite part of the article, “…[the Acura NSX] still has the ridiculous sense of excess – huge wheels tucked under curved metal fenders, with more space dedicated to an engine than for passengers – that any vehicle hoping to be known as a supercar should have.”
Honda CR-V, Honda Accord Win Head-to-Head Shootout on Cars.com
This is a continuation of our thoughts on how Hondas won all three head-to-head shootouts that Cars.com put together for vehicles in the $16,000 Subcompact category, the $25,000 Compact SUV Category, and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category. In this blog, we will cover how the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout and the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category.
See our previous blog for a summary of how the 2012 Honda Fit won the $16,000 Subcompact shootout and for more information about how detailed and AWESOME this series is by Cars.com. Seriously, if you are looking to buy a vehicle in any of these categories, read our blog and then go to the original article for all the details on each shootout and the pros and cons of each vehicle.
Back to business.
How the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout:
- “The verdict: ”The Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in this segment. It’s a comfortable cruiser with a solid powertrain, a compliant ride and plenty of features,” Geiger said. “The brand’s history of strong reliability helps tip the scale.”
- “EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway; we observed 30.3 mpg combined (the second best mpg tested)”
- Most of the features that are “extra” on the other models, come standard on the base model of the 2012 Honda CR-V. You can look forward to the back-up camera, sunroof, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, and fold-flat back seats.
- While the car professionals had some negative things to say about the way the 2012 Honda CR-V drives, the real-life test family LOVED it and said it “drives like a dream.” The only way you’ll know for sure is to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda to test drive it yourself!
- Click HERE to go directly to the Verdict for each of the vehicles in the shootout.
- See HERE for the overview of the Compact SUV shootout.
Moving on to how the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout and some of the highlights we picked out:
- “The verdict: ”Like the Camry, the Accord does most things reasonably well, and its nimble handling and eager drivetrain add a little excitement the Toyota lacks.”
- “Honda’s latest gander at a continuously variable automatic scores a hit,” Mays said. “The Accord’s transmission responds in a jiffy, serving up passing power in concert with your right foot.” Wiesenfelder “found it surprisingly athletic and light on its feet, closer to the Fusion than the others dynamically, but with quick, better-weighted steering.”
- One of the criticisms was that the cupholders “imprison small drinks.” I’ll take that.
- Comes standard with a back-up camera.
- EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway, 31.87 mpg observed
- SMS text message reading and responding (only car with feature)
- Go HERE to see the verdicts on each of the vehicles in this shootout.
- Go HERE for the overview of the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout.
So if you are thinking about buying a subcompact under $16,000, be sure to check out the 2012 Honda Fit. If you need a compact SUV, you must consider the 2012 Honda CR-V. And the real winner for critics and real people alike in the midsize sedan category is the 2013 Honda Accord. To test drive any of these vehicles, be sure to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships!
Toyota is recalling more than 150,000 Tacomas from the 2001 to 2004 model years.
According to this article, “The recall was for a rust problem with the spare tire carrier under the back of the truck bed. A lift plate on the carrier that is used to raise, lower and retain the tire safely under the bed may have rusted seriously enough
to cause an unintended release of the tire to the roadway which might result in an accident to following vehicles.”
The recall involves states with cold winters (like Minnesota); it does not involve Toyota Tacomas sold in Washington State.
Volkwagen is recalling more than 2,000 vehicles. “If the right front seat gets wet, it may impact the occupant control module which will possibly not detect the presence of a child seat being installed. This module disengages the air bag system for this seat when a child seat is detected.”