Toyota announced it is recalling more than 800,000 vehicles because…are you ready for it?…of spiders.
Not it’s not a bad horror movie. It’s the latest recall of the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The recall involves airbags that could deploy unnecessarily.
According to this article, “The actual risk of airbag deployment comes from blockage of the air conditioner condenser drainage tubes. By building webs in those mini-waterspouts, spiders prevent condensation from being channeled away from delicate components. When that water hits delicate electronics like the airbag sensor, it can cause a short, which in turn can trigger the airbag warning light — or cause the driver’s side airbag to deploy.”
There have been three injuries and 35 warning lights have been reported.
Almost every parent knows they are supposed to use a car seat.
Unfortunately, according to this New York Times article, almost every parent isn’t installing the car seat correctly, which greatly decreases it’s effectiveness. In fact, about 75 percent of parents aren’t installing them correctly.
“About three of every four car seats are installed improperly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In some communities that lack safety checks or education programs, the figure is even higher.
“Automobile crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 13 and younger, according to federal regulators. A large number of the fatalities involve children in car seats.”
The issue isn’t simple between differences in cars and differences in car seats, so naturally parents get confused. There are many community programs to help parents ensure car seats are installed properly, but most of checking falls on local fire and police departments.
Be sure your child’s car seat is installed properly; visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or even stop by your local fire or police department.
The US News and World Report website did a thorough study of the best compact SUVs on the market and the 2014 Honda CR-V is definitely at the top of its class.
- #2 in Affordable Compact SUV
- #1 in Affordable Compact SUVs with 2nd row
- #2 in Affordable Crossover SUV
“The 2014 truly is one of the compact SUVs money can buy,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It’s roomy, versatile, and gets good gas mileage. It’s also one of the, if not the, safest compact SUVs on the market.”
That’s what we’re saying, but here’s what everyone else is saying:
- Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly features, the 2014 Honda CR-V is our top choice among compact crossover SUVs.” –Edmunds
- “The 2014 Honda CR-V sails into the new year with little changed, not that one of the best-selling compact SUVs on the market needed changing.” – Kelley Blue Book
- “CR-V continues to excel for its “just-right” blend of comfort, refinement, passenger room, and cargo versatility. It’s competitively priced, too.” — Consumer Guide (2013)
- “Some of its competitors lean on styling and upmarket features to appeal to customers, but Honda is relying on the core strengths of its product. As a package, the CR-V remains pretty unbeatable. That certainly won’t come as a surprise to existing CR-V owners.” – Automobile Magazine (2012)
If you think that sounds pretty good (let’s be honest, that sounds really good), stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership today!
This is a scary article about how Toyota is recalling RAV4 SUVs from the 2006-2011 model years…for a problem it thought it had fixed.
The recall effects more than 700,000 vehicles and involves the rear suspension arm.
Three crashes and several injuries have been reported since the initial recall, including a scary incident detailed in the article linked above where the driver lost complete control of the vehicle and crossed over the median and was “lucky to be alive.”
All owners should receive a letter in the mail.
Toyota announced that is recalling more than 10,000 Toyota Camry sedans, Avalon, and Corollas from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
The recall is due to faulty wiring that could cause windshield wipers to quit working.
No injuries or accidents have been reported.
Have you ever wanted to take a tour of the Honda Museum in Japan but can’t afford the plane ticket?
Well, now you can. A virtual tour, anyway.
According to this article on Motortrend.com, “In addition to a modest gift shop, café, and archive room, the first floor also features a special section dedicated to Asimo. Here, Honda shows no fewer than 12 evolutionary steps it took to produce the ultimate live-in assistant. Alongside Asimo is a display dedicated to the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. There’s plenty to see on the second floor, whether you’re a fan of Honda’s two or four-wheeled vehicles. Included among the collection of cars are the NSX, an Accord station wagon, a first-generation Honda Prelude, and the Civic. One wall is even dominated by Honda’s collection of lawn mowers. Finally, the third floor is dedicated to the automaker’s motorsports heritage. There, you’ll find a 1990 McLaren Honda MP4/5B, which Ayrton Senna raced (and won) in a number of GPs.”
So if you’ve ever wanted to see all that the Honda museum has to offer but don’t have the vacation time, check out the virtual tour!
If you’re like us, you’ve been anxiously awaiting the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. Well, it’s here. And so are the rave reviews.
Not only do people love the ‘achievable’ (read honest) gas mileage claims of 50 city/45 highway, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid has a ‘refined’ ride that seems very un-hybrid.
Check out this article and video review from Hybridcars.com HERE.
As an update to a blog we posted about a month ago, we are happy to report that Honda’s Project Drive-In has saved four drive-in theaters around the country with it’s voting/fundraising efforts!
The four additional drive-in theaters that have been saved in Monetta, S. C,.; Ocala, Fla.; Cadet, Mo.; Elizabethton, Tenn. Previously, Honda had donated five other business-saving projectors to theaters in Oregon, Michigan, Maine, Texas, and Illinois.
“It’s not often that a company gets the opportunity to help preserve an American pastime. It has been a privilege to bring national and local attention to the fate of drive-ins and to meet the passionate owners of these small businesses,” said Alicia Jones, manager of Honda and Acura social marketing. “We hope that the #SaveTheDriveIn movement continues in the effort to help keep more drive-ins open for the next generation.”
Honda has donated the projectors that can cost upwards of $75,000. Additionally, Honda has raised $43,000. Find out more at Projectdrivein.com.
As this article points out, many people don’t think minivans are cool, so being the “undisputed king of the minivans” may be like being declared king of the geeks in high school.
Then again, maybe not. I mean, just check out this video review by KickingTires.com and you’ll see how COOL the Honda Odyssey really is.
Toyota announced that is recalling 694,000 Toyota Sienna minivans because a problem with shift lock could cause the minivan to shift out of “Park” and possibly roll away.
The Toyota Sienna model years that are affected by the recall include 2007 to 2009 and 2004 to 2005.
According to this article, “Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Toyota has received reports of 21 “minor” accidents in the United States and three minor accidents in Canada. Two of the incidents involved what Toyota called minor injuries, such as bruises.”