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Honda Odyssey Continues Safety Leadership with 14-Year History of Top Safety Scores from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

America’s most popular minivan, the 2014 Honda Odyssey, has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top score available, in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). This means the 2014 Odyssey is the only minivan to earn the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS, including a top score of GOOD in the new small overlap front test, and the NHTSA NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for 2014.

“With a 14-year history of top ratings in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program, even as those top ratings have become harder to achieve, family car buyers have learned that the Odyssey is designed to help take care of their precious cargo,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “For customers looking to buy a minivan that achieves the highest-available safety ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS, the Odyssey is the one and only choice.”

Already the benchmark minivan in terms of fuel efficiency2 and innovative features, the Odyssey’s occupant safety features for the 2014 model year are further enhanced through the application of Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The second-generation of the ACE™ body structure has also been applied to the 2013-14 Honda Accord and 2013-14 Civic models that have also earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. Civic is the only compact-class vehicle and Odyssey is the only minivan to achieve a GOOD rating in the IIHS’ very rigorous new small overlap front test.

The next-generation ACE™ body structure is designed to improve frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.

In addition to applying the ACE™ body structure to most of its models, standard safety and driver assistive technology on all Honda models includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags.

While Honda has made structural improvements to the 2014 Odyssey, Honda also has applied a new type of side curtain airbag that includes a front chamber design intended to provide additional protection in situations where occupants move in a more angled outboard trajectory, such as those that occur in oblique or offset crashes.

The Odyssey represents Honda’s robust product development and manufacturing capabilities in North America. Designed in Los Angeles and engineered at Honda R&D America’s in Ohio, the Odyssey is manufactured by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, using domestic and globally sourced parts. More than 95 percent of all Hondas sold in the U.S., are built in North America.

Kicking Tires’ Honda Civic Gets a Ding

I wrote about the three accidents my family has been in over the past few months, so it was nice to see this article and know that we aren’t the only ones who have bad things happen to their Hondas.

This incident wasn’t exactly the same since the Honda Civic was the victim of a two car accident that overflowed on to the parking spot where the Civic was resting, but damage was done as you can see in the pictures featured in the article here.

We also thought it was timely considering all of the icy, snowy weather much of the Eastern United States is getting. No doubt there will be a few fender benders during this time. The great news for all those Honda drivers is that Hondas are so well designed that they absorb as much as the impact as possible so you do not (I speak from personal experience). Our situation was similar to this one where the damage didn’t LOOK real bad until the repair experts got in there and saw how much impact the car had taken under the surface…specifically designed that way to keep occupants safe.

“Accidents happen,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It might be your fault, it might not be. But in a Honda you can have confidence that your are driving some of the safest cars are on the road.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to test drive some of the safest cars on the road!

 

3 Car Accidents in 7 Months, Honda Accord Kept My Family Safe

I have written in the past or at least mentioned the fact that my family owns a 2009 Honda Accord (purchased from Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham). It is our go-to car (in fact it was our only car for a number of years). We have put more than 130,000 miles on it in the 4 years we’ve owned it. It literally brought both of our kids home from the hospital.

And it has protected us all. In fact, we have gotten into three car accidents in the last seven months in our 2009 Honda Accord.

The first one was my fault. It was a fender bender while I was taking my daughter to her first swim lesson. I got distracted looking at the progress of the lovely house I passed occasionally and didn’t stop in time. There was actually much more damage than it appeared, but our Accord kept us perfectly safe.

The second accident occurred a couple months later while I was taking my daughter to her open house for preschool. We were stopped in a left turn lane and someone coming around the corner lost control and smashed into the driver side tire/bumper. Right behind where my daughter was sitting. This time I had some neck/back pain, but, overall, our Accord protected us as good as we could’ve hoped.

Our third accident came just a couple days ago. We were involved in a 4 car pile-up; we were the 3rd car in line when someone simply didn’t stop and smashed into the car behind us which pushed us into the car in front of us. Once again, though, it appears our Honda Accord accepted the brunt and we all walked away shaken but uninjured.

While the number of collisions might be unique, our stories are not. Collisions happen as we go about our daily life. These past few months have made me or grateful than ever that we picked the Honda Accord as our family vehicle because it has kept my family safe…despite the crazy number of collisions in the last seven months.

U.S. Investigates Toyota, No Official Recall

There has been no official recall, but U.S. safety regulators are investigating the Toyota Camry hybrid for issues with the brakes.

According to this article, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 59 complaints about intermittent loss of power-brake assist. The agency says the problem happens without warning. It causes increased stopping distances and requires more pedal pressure to stop the car.”

Two crashes but no injuries have been reported.

The investigation cover Toyota Camry Hybrids from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Honda Leads the Pack with Six Top Safety Pick+ Ratings

If numbers don’t lie, then we can honestly say that Honda vehicles are the safest vehicles on the road. Honda leads all other automakers with six Top Safety Pick+ ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Honda Odyssey is the only minivan to be given this safety rating.

Two other models earned the second highest rating of Top Safety Pick.

There is a lot to be proud of here, so below is the complete press release from Honda:

  • Two models also named TOP SAFETY PICK, next highest rating
  • More challenging  IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ testing standards require vehicles to offer collision warning technology

A total of six Honda and Acura models, the most of any auto maker, received the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under its more challenging technology requirements in guidelines implemented for the 2014 model year.

“As the industry leader in TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for 2013 and now 2014, it’s clear that our commitment to offer advanced safety technologies on mainstream products continues to pay dividends to Honda and Acura customers,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Honda and Acura vehicles should be at the top of the shopping list for those who value safety ratings and the engineering prowess required to achieve them.”

Four 2014 Honda models were named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ including the Accord Sedan and Coupe; Civic Sedan; and Odyssey, which is the only minivan yet to earn this designation. The Civic Coupe was named a TOP SAFETY PICK. Additionally, two 2014 Acura models, the new MDX and the RLX each achieved TOP SAFETY PICK+ status with the TL earning a TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover and small overlap front crashes based on performance in the Institute’s tests. Under this year’s more challenging requirements, the IIHS is using the TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to recognize vehicles that not only performed well in its crash tests but also are equipped with technologies that help prevent or mitigate front-to-rear collisions. Front collision prevention, which includes both warning systems and automatic braking, is intended to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending a stopped or slower-moving vehicle in front of them.

American Honda’s 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles offer a broad range of active and passive safety features along with available leading-edge safety and driver assistive technologies like the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system. FCW uses a camera or radar mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect a vehicle ahead. Audible and visuals warnings alert the driver when the system determines that a collision with a detected vehicle or object is likely. Intended as a warning system only, FCW will not automatically activate the brakes, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Other available safety and driver-assistive technologies available on Honda and Acura vehicles include: Collision Mitigation Braking System; anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®); Lane Departure Warning (LDW), LaneWatch™ blind spot display; side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and a front-side airbags.

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs 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 and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda’s goal to be a company that society wants to exist, and it complements the company’s leadership in reducing vehicle emissions, improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to gasoline.

Honda Leads Industry with Six Top Safety Pick+ Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire — A total of six Honda and Acura models, the most of any auto maker, received the highest possible safety rating ofTOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under its more challenging technology requirements in guidelines implemented for the 2014 model year.

“As the industry leader in TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for 2013 and now 2014, it’s clear that our commitment to offer advanced safety technologies on mainstream products continues to pay dividends to Honda and Acura customers,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Honda and Acura vehicles should be at the top of the shopping list for those who value safety ratings and the engineering prowess required to achieve them.”

Four 2014 Honda models were named a TOP SAFETY PICK+including the Accord Sedan and Coupe; Civic Sedan; and Odyssey, which is the only minivan yet to earn this designation. The Civic Coupe was named a TOP SAFETY PICK. Additionally, two 2014 Acura models, the new MDX and the RLX each achieved TOP SAFETY PICK+ status with the TL earning a TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover and small overlap front crashes based on performance in the Institute’s tests. Under this year’s more challenging requirements, the IIHS is using theTOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to recognize vehicles that not only performed well in its crash tests but also are equipped with technologies that help prevent or mitigate front-to-rear collisions. Front collision prevention, which includes both warning systems and automatic braking, is intended to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending a stopped or slower-moving vehicle in front of them.

American Honda’s 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles offer a broad range of active and passive safety features along with available leading-edge safety and driver assistive technologies like the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system. FCW uses a camera or radar mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect a vehicle ahead. Audible and visuals warnings alert the driver when the system determines that a collision with a detected vehicle or object is likely. Intended as a warning system only, FCW will not automatically activate the brakes, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Other available safety and driver-assistive technologies available on Honda and Acura vehicles include: Collision Mitigation Braking System; anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®); Lane Departure Warning (LDW), LaneWatch™ blind spot display; side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front-side airbags.

Honda Safety Leadership

Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs 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 and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda’s goal to be a company that society wants to exist, and it complements the company’s leadership in reducing vehicle emissions, improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to gasoline.

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles:

Honda                

Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Odyssey

   Acura

   Acura RLX

   Acura MDX

 

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK Vehicles:

 

Honda                

Honda Civic Coupe

   Acura

   Acura TL

2014 Honda Civic HF Edges Out Toyota Corolla LE Eco

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are big-time sellers in the United States. Buyers go after the Civics and Corollas when they need a compact car with great gas mileage.

With several different models of the Civic and Corolla, this article does a side by side comparison of the 2014 Honda Civic HF and the Toyota Corolla LE Eco because they are the most fuel efficient gasoline engines (best gas mileage excepting the respective hybrid models).

It was an interesting side by side comparison, but here’s the gist: with basically the same gas mileage, horsepower, and size, there were really only two objective and definite differences safety and transmission.

“he Toyota Corolla achieved a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, but the Civic beats it with a Top Safety Pick +. The new “+” rating from the IIHS addresses how a car reacts to a “small overlap” front crash, for example, when an oncoming car veers out of its lane and hits another car head-on, but with only a 25 percent overlap. It’s difficult to manage all that energy with such a small crash area, but the Civic managed a “Good” rating, while the Corolla only achieved a “Marginal” score.”

The 2014 Honda Civic has a standard five-speed transmission versus the Toyota Corolla’s two-speed CVT, “and that would be a deciding factor in choosing between the two.” The two-speed CVT makes the driving “experience even more foreign by maintaining engine speed, giving you the sensation that no matter how aggressively you step on the throttle, the engine isn’t spooling up the way you think it should.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership to take the 2014 Honda Civic HF (or any other Civic) out for a test drive!

Safe Holiday Shopping Tips

Here at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealership we want you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of this time of year by breaking into vehicles to get gifts that you just bought or other valuables to make extra money. We found this great little article out of New York with some fabulous tips about how to keep your belongings, your gifts, and your car safe and sound:

• “Try to park close to the store and in well-lit areas. When walking through a parking lot, keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings.

• Don’t buy more than you can carry. Ask a store employee to help you carry packages to your car.

• Shop with a friend. He or she can help carry packages and be a second pair of eyes walking to and from stores.

• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.”

There were more great tips that have to do with shopping in general and not protecting your vehicle or things inside your vehicle (which means your beloved car usually must be damaged in order to get to them). Check out the entire article here and have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at Honda!

 

Toyota Recalls 694,000 Sienna Minivans

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.”

2014 Honda Odyssey is First Minivan to Pass IIHS Advanced Safety Test

Honda volunteered the 2014 Honda Odyssey for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest safety test and became the first minivan to pass it. The 2014 Honda Odyssey earned the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS, the first minivan to do so.

Other automakers have opted not to have their minivans tested because the IIHS small overlap test is not required yet.

“Our goal at Honda is to continuously advance the safety performance of every Honda vehicle to fulfill the trust our customers place in Honda,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

“We didn’t have to do this,” he said. “Some of our competitors have made the choice not to target this top safety rating even when introducing new models,” he said. “We are targeting and achieving this high standard even as part of mid-cycle refreshes on key, high-volume products. We are very confident that our model count will grow and grow even further in the coming months with testing of the all-new Acura RLX and the MDX.”

Here at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealerships we are proud to sell some of the safest vehicles on the road, including the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the first minivan to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. We know that you want your family to be safe, so we are proud to be a part of company that doesn’t wait until it’s required to meet safety standards; it initiates change and becomes the first in the industry.

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take the safety minivan in the industry for a test drive: the 2014 Honda Odyssey!

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