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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?

Massive Airbag Recall Affects Honda, Toyota, Nissan Vehicles

More than 3.4 million cars are being recalled, including 1.1 Hondas and 1.7 million Toyotas, because airbags on the passenger front airbag needs to be replaced. All of the faulty airbags were manufactured by the same Japanese supplier, Takata Corp.

According to a statement from Honda, “”It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury.”

Honda has reported one occurrence of the malfunction and Toyota has reported five.

The vehicles affected by the recall include 2001-2003 Honda Civics, 2001-2003 Honda CR-Vs, and 2002 Honda Odyssey minivans.

“If anyone is worried about the airbags in their vehicle, please give us a call,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee, Wash. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our drivers and their passengers, so we want to make sure everything is as it should be.”

If you own a vehicle affected by this recall, please do not hesitate to contact Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership.

2013 Honda Civic Earns ‘Good’ Safety Rating, Toyota Camry Gets a ‘Poor’

The 2013 Honda Civic earned a ‘Good’ safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), both the two and four door models in its newest crash test.

According to this article, “The crash test assessed the performance of the vehicle under the new and tougher environment, examining the consequence of a collision between the front corner of a vehicle with another vehicle or object like a tree or utility pole.”

The 2013 Honda Civic, with its sleek new design and redone interior, has this new award that simply signifies the complete redesign of the Honda Civic.

“The 2013 Honda Civic has been completely redesigned and it’s really great,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “If you drove the previous model, you really owe it to yourself to come check out the new 2013 Honda Civic. And this safety rating by the IIHS should really convince people that the 2013 Honda Civic is even better vehicle than before…and compared to most other cars in its class.”

By comparison, the 2013 Toyota Camry received a “Poor” rating in the same IIHS test.

It is because of vehicles like the redesigned 2013 Honda Civic that Honda that continues to build Honda’s reputation for safety, dependability and quality. “Honda is a leading manufacturer of automobiles and the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. The automaker is recognized internationally for its expertise and leadership in developing and manufacturing a wide variety of products that incorporate its efficient internal combustion engine technologies ranging from small general-purpose to specialty sports cars.”

For your chance to test drive and take home the completely redesigned 2013 Honda Civic, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today!

 

2013 Honda Odyssey, 2013 Honda CRV Voted “Best Family Cars for Families” Awards by U.S. News & World Report

Both the Honda CRV and Honda Odyssey have made quite a name for themselves over the past several years, but their reputations and great family cars earned some reinforcement after they both won awards from U.S. News & World Report.

The 2013 Honda CRV and 2013 Honda Odyssey both won awards for “Best Cars for Families.”

The 2013 Honda CRV was named “Best Compact SUV for Families” and the 2013 Honda Odyssey was named “Best Minivan for Families” (like there would be an award for “Best Minivan Not for Families”).

“”If you’re looking for a top safety-rated, fuel efficient, fun-to-drive family vehicle, you can’t really go wrong with a Honda,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Both the CR-V and the Odyssey exemplify ‘family friendly’ with top safety ratings, proven Honda quality and loads of smart features to keep the driver and all passengers comfortable and connected.”

As family vehicles, safety is one of the most important factors and we are happy to report that both are Top Safety Picks by the IIHS and earned 5-start overall ratings by the NHTSA (basically, vehicles don’t get any safer than this unless they come with armored plating).

Here’s what they’re saying about the 2013 Honda CRV: “The 2013 Honda CR-V provides upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America…Compact on the outside and roomy inside, the CR-V represents an unparalleled balance of size and capability in the entry SUV segment. With its car-like interior comfort, a smooth and quiet ride, plus innovative features, the versatile CR-V is a great fit for families or individuals with an active lifestyle.”

Here’s what they’re saying about the 2013 Honda Odyssey, including it’s awesome gas mileage: “The 2013 Honda Odyssey minivan continues to lead its class in fuel economy and safety ratings, while providing spacious accommodations for up to eight passengers and a refined and engaging driving experience. The Odyssey Touring is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg,2 the highest EPA highway fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan.”

“Really, you can’t go wrong with either of these vehicles,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “The 2013 Honda CRV may be more appropriate if you don’t have a lot of kids (yours or the soccer team) to haul around just because it’s got a functional space perfect for packing camping gear, the dogs, or whatever else you can think of. The Odyssey has always been the top minivan and for good reason. It’s safe, good gas mileage, and Honda really designed the details with families in mind.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership to take the 2013 Honda CRV and 2013 Honda Odyssey for a test drive so you can see why U.S. News & World Report named them the “Best Cars for Families.”

Honda Voluntarily Recalls Pilots, Acura Vehicles

Honda announced that it is voluntarily recalling about 100,000 Honda Pilots, 60,000 Acura MDX SUVs, and 21,000 Acura RL Sedans from the 2005 model year. Approximately 800 Acura MDXs  from the 2006 model year are also being recalled.

According to this article,”… if an electrical capacitor on the system’s control unit was damaged during the manufacturing process, the system could malfunction and apply a small amount of brake force for a fraction of a second outside the driver’s control. If the driver applies the brakes during a system malfunction, a crash could result.”

“If you own a 2005 Honda Pilot or one of these Acuras, please do not hesitate to contact us with your concerns,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “If you vehicle has a problem, we will take care of it at no cost to you. We want all our customers and owners of Honda products to be confident in their vehicles and also confident that we will take care of them if there is a problem.”

No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue. Honda will mail out notifications to all owners next month.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships.

Driver of Honda Fit Walks Away from Rollover Crash

The driver featured in this articleand video was driving his Honda Fit when it looks like he was driving too fast for conditions and found himself rolling down the hill.

In fact, his Honda Fit rolled over seven times. And he walked away from it. And he caught the whole thing on video.

The article points out that if a person had a choice what car to be in if they knew they were going to be in a rollover crash, most people wouldn’t pick the Honda Fit. Maybe this video will change a few minds and car buyers will realize all Hondas, including the Honda Fit, are some of the safest in the industry.

Check out the video of a driver walking away from his Honda Fit after it rolled seven times.

 

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Only Vehicle in its Class to Earn 5-Star Safety Rating

We have written a lot about the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and 2013 Honda Accord Coupe because there is a lot to write about. So this blog doesn’t become the “Honda Accord” blog, we try only to write when there’s really something worth writing about.

Well, the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe has done it again, and this is definitely newsworthy: it is the only vehicle in its class to earn a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Association) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety! The Accord Sedan also earned this rating, but the Accord Coupe was the only one its class to be award the 5-star rating.

“This is a big deal,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “To be the only one at anything is a big deal, but for the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe to be the only coupe that earned 5 stars for safety is a big accomplishment. Honda prides itself on designing and manufacturing safe vehicles. Hopefully, this will give people one more reason to take a look at the new Accord Coupe, besides its incredible performance.”

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe earned the Overall award by garnering a 5-star rating in “each seating position in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) front, side-barrier, and side-pole crash test categories, as well as a 5-star rollover rating.”

“The Honda comprehensive approach to vehicle safety is validated by these top-level safety ratings,” said Art St. Cyr , vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “The 2013 Honda Accord truly excels in all areas, delivering the best overall safety ratings, while also providing exhilarating performance, outstanding comfort and top-class fuel economy.”

According to the press release: “Beginning with the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda is applying the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering(ACEII) body structure to its models. This reinforced frontal structure further enhances frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes.”

This is in addition to other Honda safety innovations like the LaneWatch technology that allows drivers to better see their blind spot.

For your chance to check out the incredibly safe and high performing 2013 Honda Accord Coupe, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships today!

Check out the complete press release HERE.

 

Toyota Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles

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.

 

2013 Honda Accord Named to Safest Cars List

The 2013 Honda Accord is among the safest cars on the road according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Only the 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Nissan Altima were rated as highly.

According to this article, “The 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima also earned the top five-star overall rating in federal crash tests, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

“Honda prides itself on designing and manufacturing some of the safest cars out there,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “The Accord has always rated as one of the safest cars, so it’s really no surprise that the 2013 is one of the top three safest according to the IIHS.”

But lest you think all of these cars are of equal safety, don’t be me mistaken. Only one of these cars passed the new test IIHS put cars under, the small offset test, which simulates the car hitting a post on the out third of the hood (where most reinforcement is). You guessed it, only the 2013 Honda Accord passed that test.

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda or Northwest Honda dealership to see if the safety of the 2013 Honda Accord is right for you!

 

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