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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!

 

Honda Recalling Pilots, Odysseys

Honda is voluntarily recalling 748,000 Honda Pilot and Odysseys that may have airbags that my not deploy properly in an accident.

The recall applies to Honda Pilots from the 2009 to 2013 model years and the Honda Odyssey from the 2011 to 2013 model years.

According to this article, “Honda said the plastic cover for the driver-side bags may not have been attached with the correct number of rivets and if rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly in a crash.”

“If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, please do not hesitate to call us,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Your safety is this most important thing to us, to Honda, and we want to make sure your family is safe. We will inspect your vehicle free of charge and, if necessary, fix the problem at no cost to you.”

There have been no injuries reported.

If you are not sure if your vehicle is affected by this recall, “owners can check now to see if their vehicle will need the repairs by using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and going to www.recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.”

Or, as always, call Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships for more local and personalized care.

 

 

2013 Toyota Camry Fails New Crash Test

Many consumers and critics see the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry as head-to-head rivals…and for good reason. However, there is one recent safety test that proved the 2013 Honda Accord safer than the Toyota Camry as the Camry failed to receive a “Top Safety Pick-Plus” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety while the Accord earned such honors (the Camry earned a “Top Safety Pick” minus the “Plus”).

The sticking point for the Toyota Camry was that it earned a “Poor” rating for the “small overlap” or “narrow offset” safety test, which simulates a car striking a pole or post on the outer quarter of the hood (most reinforcement is in the middle of the hood).

The 2013 Honda Accord passed the small overlap test with flying colors; the only vehicle sold in the United States to do so.

“We want vehicles to be as safe as possible for everyone,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Certainly, there’s no joy for us that the Camry failed the narrow offset safety test, but it is definitely something people will want to consider as they weigh whether to buy a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord.”

As you make your pros and cons lists of whether to buy a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, no doubt that safety will be near the top of those lists. So be sure to take note that only one of these vehicles earned the “Top Safety Pick-Plus” from the IIHS.

Read the complete article here.

For your opportunity to check out the critically acclaimed and consumer approved 2013 Honda Accord, head to Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships!

2013 Honda Accord is Only Moderately Priced Midsized Vehicle to Earn “Good” Rating on New IIHS Crash Test

According to a new “narrow offset” front-end crash test instituted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Honda Accord is the only moderately priced midsized vehicle sold in the United States to earn a “good” rating.

The Suzuki Kizashi also received a “good” rating, but Suzuki recently decided the Kisashi would no longer be sold in the U.S.

The new IIHS crash test involves a front-end crash where the car strikes a thing object (like a pole or tree) in the outside 20% of the hood; this is important because as it stands, now, most of the reinforcement is in the middle 60% of the car.

“About 10,000 deaths a year are in frontal crashes and about one-fourth of those are ‘narrow offset,’ ” says IIHS spokesman Russ Rader.  ”We think it is important to look at how people are actually dying in real-world crashes.”

The fact that the 2013 Honda Accord did so well on the IIHS test surprises few people.

“The 2013 Honda Accord is an incredible vehicle,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “It has been getting rave reviews for style, safety, technology, gas mileage, and now this. Honda did its research and new this test was coming and showed an anxious concern for the safety of Honda drivers and passengers.”

It is interesting to point out that the moderately priced vehicles performed better than the luxury vehicles subjected to the narrow offset test. Of the 18 moderately priced vehicles tested, 13 of them received an “acceptable” or “good” rating. Of the 11 luxury midsize sedans tested, only three passed the test. The Acura TL (Honda’s luxury brand) was one of the luxury vehicles that earned a “good.”

At the end of the article it addresses how Toyota’s vehicles did so poorly. Toyota responded that the IIHS tests well above the federal requirements but it will now respond to the challenge. I think that contrasts very interestingly with Honda who had been following the IIHS test development very closely “for some time” and took the initiative to improve its vehicles before the test. What do you think? Does this say anything about the values of the different automotive companies?

2012 Honda Odyssey Comes With Multi-Angle Rearview Cameras

As a Honda blogger, it’s usually pretty easy for me to stay on top of Honda news, especially about popular vehicles like the Honda Odyssey. However, this article gave me something I did not know: the 2012 Honda Odyssey comes with a multi-angle rearview camera standard on the Touring and EX-L models.

A one-angle rearview camera comes standard on all 2012 Honda Odyssey models.

“The standard angle, wide angle, and straight down angle are life-savers in a vehicle as big as the 2012 Honda Odyssey,” said John Clough, sales manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “The Honda Odyssey has some really great features that make it the best in its class. The multi-angle rearview camera is just one more thing that takes it over the top.”

While the multi-angle rearview camera is available, you won’t get as affordable as you will on the 2012 Honda Odyssey.

According the article, “The multi-angle rearview camera comes standard in the Odyssey Touring Elite model I tested, which had a sticker price of $44,485. It’s also standard on the Touring model that starts at $41,430 and on the EX-L model with the Satellite-Linked Navigation System that starts at $37,125. By comparison, the Around View Monitor is standard on the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum edition, which starts at $39,170.”

Check out the article below to see a quick video of how the multi-view rearview camera works on a touch screen! Or even better, stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the 2012 Honda Odyssey for a test drive and try the rearview camera yourself!

Honda’s LaneWatch System is 2012 Automobile Technology Finalist

The 2013 Honda Accord has made a splash with industry know-what’s and  consumers. A big part of that is because of all the bells and whistles that come standard on the newest Accord, including the LaneWatch system. Now the LaneWatch system has been named a finalist for the 2012 Technology of the Year Award by AOL Autos.

“It would be really great for the LaneWatch system to win 2012 Technology of the Year Award,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The 2013 Honda Accord is loaded with some really awesome technology, most of which comes standard on all models not just the more expensive models. The LaneWatch system is so representative of Honda: it is convenient, it is innovative and it makes the 2013 Honda Accord a much safer car.”

Here’s what the article had to say about the LaneWatch system: “LaneWatch uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the standard 8-inch color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed. The feature can also be deactivated in the vehicle settings at the driver’s discretion…The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle’s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.

Why is this important? The article also points out that the typical view of a passenger-side mirror is 18-22 degrees. With the LaneWatch technology, drivers will be able to see up to 80 degrees.

Really, does anything else need to be said to convince you of the value of the LaneWatch system?

The AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award will be given in January. Check out the other finalists at AOLAutos.com.

“I hope LaneWatch wins,” said Hofkamp. “But if it doesn’t win, I think just being a finalist brings a lot of justified attention to this incredible safety technology and the 2013 Honda Accord. We’ll take that.”

But don’t wait until January when the award will be announced to try the technology itself. Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda today to test drive the 2013 Honda Accord and see how much safer you can be with LaneWatch looking over your shoulder.

 

http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/11/27/4443268/honda-lanewatch-named-2012-technology.html

Hurricane Sandy Will Not Affect Honda Sales Much

The United States is Honda’s biggest market and the northeast is the populated part of the U.S., so you would think the devastation of Hurricane Sandy would deeply affect their year-end sales projections. Well, you’d be wrong.

Honda still expects sales to exceed last year’s by about 25 percent, meaning about 1.46 million Hondas will be delivered. Honda sales for the month of October were about half of what they were expected to be because Hurricane Sandy hit during the busiest time of the month, but Honda expects to make up for that in November.

“November will be a pretty good month for us — I see nothing different in November and December that will change the course of where we’ve been this year,” Mendel said. Honda brand sales for the year should be “within 10,000 or 12,000 units” of 1.3 million, with the Acura luxury brand at “160,000, maybe a little bit more,” he said.

The demand for the redesigned CR-V, blockbuster 2013 Honda Accord and sports Honda Civic will keep people coming to Honda dealerships in droves.

I think this article skips over an important part of the affect Hurricane Sandy could have on the automotive industry in the Northeast. It points out that some dealerships lost inventory that will have to be replaced, so that should help a little with sales. But what about the thousands of people who lost their cars to flooding and wind damage? According to the article, “As many as 200,000 new and used vehicles may eventually be replaced in the region as a result of the storm, the National Automobile Dealers Association estimated this month.”

It is often said that natural disasters provide opportunity and I think that as people try to resume their normal lives, they will buy new cars…and of course, stop at their local Honda dealerships first. Hurricane Sandy a small negative impact on the month of October, but perhaps it will actually help their year-end sales as people replace damaged vehicles.

Self-Driving Cars Overcome the Dangers of Technology

Much has been written about the self-driving cars that have recently been made legal in the state of California and, unbeknownst to me, have logged more than 250,000 driving miles…without a single incident.

That’s right; a perfect record.

I have thought a lot about the self-driving car and while I was wary at first, I was convinced of their inherent good and benefit to society when someone pointed out how they can give independence to people with disabilities and the elderly.

This article points out how the self-driving car can save those of us who willingly disable ourselves while we drive…with technology. We all know we do it: text, talk on the phone, check our emails on our phone, etc. If it’s not you, then it’s someone in a car around you, which could easily make you a statistic.

Imagine being able to tell your self-driving car to drive you home while you typed away at all those emails you didn’t get sent while in the office? Or telling your car to take you home after you’ve had one too many drinks? Self-driving cars are convenient and life-saving.

This paragraph from the article sums up the issue nicely:

“Pioneers in the field estimate that driverless cars could save a substantial number of lives each year. These cars are immune to distractions caused by talking on cell phones, texting and checking emails, eating and drinki

ng, grooming and shaving, reading and writing, watching TV or a video, adjusting the radio or CD player, checking the navigation system, watching the scenery, putting on make-up, fighting with passengers and disciplining children. They are also not impaired by alcohol, drugs, sleep deprivation and anger. They can react instantaneously and accurately. They always maintain the lane, use turn signals and never tailgate. They always respect red lights or stop signs. They keep detailed logs. They always remind you way before the time for refueling and maintenance service.”

What do you think? Are these arguments enough for you to jump behind the wheel of a self-driving car? What would it take to get you there?

Read the original article here.

 

Driving Safely this Holiday Season

Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. With that means more errands to run, more things to plan, more items to check off your list and more driving around. And that doesn’t even include if you are traveling away from home to celebrate the holiday.

 

This article has a lot of safety tips (including on how to shop safely), but we’ll focus on driving safely.

  • Do not drink and drive and do not allow someone else to drink and drive.”
  • Always wear a seatbelt and make sure children are buckled into their restraints properly and appropriately by their size.
  • I LOVE this one because there is nothing more annoying or possibly dangerous then driving around not knowing where you are: “Know where you are going and how to get there and back. Obtain or download a map. Carry a GPS. Check for construction detours. For longer trips, obtain a weather forecast.”
  • Always tell someone where you will be and when you expect to return. This one makes me think of the many tragic winter-time stories I’ve heard on the news where someone or a family decides to go out for a drive and something goes wrong, but no one knows where they are. This dangerous scenarios can easily be prevented.
  • If you have a cell phone, take it with you when you travel. This one seems pretty easy to accomplish seeing as most people have to walk around with their cell phone in their pocket.
  • Keep doors locked while driving and have at least half a tank of gas. Also, make sure your car is in good condition or get it checked out before you go on trip of any good distance.
  • “Devote your full attention to driving.” With all of the holiday parties, gift buying, trips to the grocery store, and everything else, this may be the hardest to do, but it is the most important.

 

For more safety tips (some really good ones I had never heard before), check out the article below!

 

http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/nov/18/haobito1-tips-on-staying-safe-during-all-the-holid-ar-568600/

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