Honda is a well-known and highly popular auto manufacturer headquartered in Japan. The company is a parent to several different lines of automobiles and has grown to support manufacturing of several types of vehicles, engines, power equipment, and even aircraft. The company also has even ventured into intelligence and robotics, as well. As an auto manufacturer, Honda is known as one of the largest in the world and maintains a steady popularity in the United States. The company is known for a wide variety of vehicles, including cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles. Honda has operated out of Japan since the year 1946 and has since become a worldwide distributor of automobiles, motorcycles, and aircraft.
Honda Issues, Malfunctions, And Recalls
Honda is a parent company to a number of lines of automobiles, and as such, it is in charge of issuing recalls for any of its products across its brands. The most well known and active subdivision of Honda is Acura, which has several models that are based on models of Honda’s main line. Honda has a wide variety of vehicles, however, many are similar in design and nature to one another and likely share parts. For this reason, whenever one issue affects a certain vehicle, it is likely to have impacts on other vehicles as well. This can lead to wide recalls across the company’s many models. In addition, Honda vehicles may rely on airbags from Takata, an airbag manufacturer that has instated a global recall, which affects even American automobiles.
Honda has been affected by the Takata airbag recall. Takata is a Japanese airbag manufacturer that supplies to auto manufacturers worldwide. In a recent move, Honda has added the 2008 Honda Pilot, the 2004 Honda Civic and Accord models to the recall. The issue associated with the Takata recall has the potential to launch metal fragments at passengers when the airbag deploys. Honda has stated that the ongoing Takata recall affects more than 5.5 million of their vehicles in total. Owners who may be affected are urged to seek out their local dealership for inspection and replacement. The manufacturer has also notified owners whose vehicles have been added to the recall.
Honda has issued a recall on the 2008-2009 Accord models regarding an airbag issue. The impact sensors in the vehicle’s side-impact sensors may have an issue with oversensitivity, which can lead to inadvertent deployment. The sensor may deploy airbags if there is impact with debris, or if the door is slammed too hard. Unexpected airbag deployment can actually be the cause of injury to the person, rather than preventing it. Honda urges drivers to go to their local dealership for inspection and an update to the airbag control software of the vehicle.
A large recall has been instated on the 2002-2003 Honda Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey models for a problem with the airbags in these vehicles. The airbag inflators may malfunction, and deploy the airbag with a higher amount of pressure than necessary, which can result in a rupture or injury from the high pressure. A ruptured airbag cannot fulfill its purpose of protecting the driver during an impact and an overly pressurized airbag that injures a person fulfills the exact opposite purpose. The exact number of vehicles that may be affected was not announced but is estimated to be close to 2 million. Honda urges drivers of these vehicles to seek out their dealership for inspection and repair.
Honda has initiated a recall on the 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey and Pilot models, citing an issue that could present a rollaway risk in these vehicles. The issue stems from an issue in the ignition that could allow the key to be removed from the ignition prior to the vehicle being secured in the park position. When this happens, the vehicle may roll away and cause a collision or an injury. There have been several reported cases of injury and accidents related to this failure already. In total, 807,000 vehicles have been affected by this recall. Honda has asked drivers with these vehicles to contact their dealership to schedule an appointment for repair, and to make use of the parking brake whenever parking, especially on a hill, until repairs can be made.
Engine And Mechanical Issues
Honda has issued a large recall on its 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey models citing an issue that may put the vehicle at risk for a fire. The issue is related to the fuel pump strainer, which can deteriorate over time, leading to a leakage of fuel. This puts the vehicle at risk for spontaneous combustion and fire. The deterioration occurs when the vehicle is exposed to certain acidic chemicals, such as those commonly found in chemicals and solution used to wash cars. Owners can detect this defect if they notice a gasoline or fuel smell in their vehicle, however, Honda has also encouraged drivers to bring their vehicles that may be affected in for inspection and repair at their local dealership.
Honda Safety Ratings
Honda vehicles tend to perform favorable when rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In addition, Honda tends to install a number of computerized safety features that link to their vehicle’s braking and collision warning systems. Honda received the 2016 Top Safety Pick from the Institute for their safety features. Many of Honda’s models receive several “G” ratings from the Institute for their effectiveness in the event of a collision.
Safety feature defects in automobiles can cause accidents, property damage, and injury to drivers and any passengers involved. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defect in a Honda vehicle, contact attorney Jeremy Rosenthal today.