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Honda Adds 437,000 Cars to Recall (What's happening to the Japanese car makers?)
New York Times ^ | 02/11/2010

Posted on 02/10/2010 2:40:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind

TOKYO (AP) -- Honda Motor Co. is adding 437,000 vehicles to its 15-month old global recall for faulty airbags in the latest quality problem to hit a Japanese automaker.

The company will replace the driver's side air bag inflator on the cars because they can deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator to rupture and injure or kill the driver.

Japan's No. 2 automaker originally announced the recall to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in November 2008 and the total of number vehicles recalled since then is approaching 1 million.

The latest expansion of the airbag recall includes 378,000 cars in the U.S., some 41,000 cars in Canada and 17,000 cars in Japan, Australia and elsewhere in Asia. The North American recall was announced Tuesday and followed Wednesday by the recall in Asia.

Honda's announcement comes at a time of increased attention on automotive recalls. Though the problems are unrelated, rival Toyota Motor Corp. is in the process of recalling more than 8 million cars and trucks due to faulty gas pedals. On Tuesday, Toyota said it would recall more than 440,000 of its flagship 2010 Prius and other hybrids due to a braking glitch.

''There is a heightened sensitivity right now to anything to do with recalls,'' said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Honda's latest U.S. recall airbag affects certain 2001 and 2002 Accord sedans, Civic compacts, Odyssey minivans, CR-V small sport utility vehicles and some 2002 Acura TL sedans.

The recall now affects 952,118 vehicles, including certain 2001 and 2002 Accord sedans, Civic compacts, Odyssey minivans, CR-V small sport utility vehicles and some 2002 Acura TL sedans.

In Japan, the recall covers three models, including the 2001 sedan Inspire.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automakers; carrecall; honda; recall

1 posted on 02/10/2010 2:40:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama and company


2 posted on 02/10/2010 2:42:16 PM PST by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: SeekAndFind

The revenge of the American Car Maker. (which I guess would just be Ford)


3 posted on 02/10/2010 2:42:29 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder where the airbag unit is made? I was thinking I heard a report on the news saying that Toyota’s gas pedals were made in China. Just curious to see if there is a trend.


4 posted on 02/10/2010 2:43:25 PM PST by OB1kNOb (I'd rather be over the hill than under it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even Carter wasn’t so dumb to piss off the Japanese car makers....


5 posted on 02/10/2010 2:44:22 PM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

For years toyota has known there was a problem and did squat. Then obammy figured he’d take them down a notch and help out gub mint motors.
Now the other jap car makers see the writing on the wall and are taking the hit themselves instead of waiting for obammy to slap them making it look even worse.


6 posted on 02/10/2010 2:44:27 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Economic pressure to cut costs invariably impacts quality (to varying degrees). Riding the sine wave.


7 posted on 02/10/2010 2:45:04 PM PST by onona (DBDBA)
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To: SeekAndFind

How sweet it is!


8 posted on 02/10/2010 2:47:46 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Gaffer

Correct undermining the competition. Watch your back side, Ford.


9 posted on 02/10/2010 2:48:28 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How do the cars made here stack up against the cars made in Japan?
During the first recall last fall only cars made here in USA were being recalled.

That might have changed with the latest millions being recalled


10 posted on 02/10/2010 2:48:54 PM PST by RWGinger
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To: SeekAndFind
Don't forget that the Japanese Gov't went way far left in its last elections.

Wouldn't be surprised if the Tokyo commie-type mediacrats are doing a populist pounding on big business in Asia in collusion with somebody in the White House and/or the EU.

All part of the destroy-the-big-oil, create-the-global-environment movement.

11 posted on 02/10/2010 2:51:48 PM PST by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind

All this hype by Obama and company to reduce Toyota and Honda to a pile of ashes pisses me off.

We’ve had recalls around for a long time. They are a fact of life, nothing more, nothing less. Sometimes they cost lives and sometimes they don’t. Humans screw up. Life goes on. Sad but true...

Note the difference in the hype about the Toyota/Honda recalls and this one from Ford just months ago. I don’t recall even hearing of it.

http://www.usautoinjurylaw.com/cases/fires/ford-fire.htm?gclid=CJnXvPns6J8CFSlJagodxBkDHw


12 posted on 02/10/2010 2:52:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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To: OB1kNOb
I was thinking I heard a report on the news saying that Toyota’s gas pedals were made in China.

Nope, they're made by a company called CTS in Indiana. They're also sold to Ford, which was using them in some commercial vehicles they were selling in China. That's where the China angle in the story showed up a couple weeks ago.

A lot of people think that Toyota's not being honest here, and that they were trying to shift the blame onto a non-Japanese supplier rather than admit it's their fault. Many believe that the problem lies in Toyota's software controlling the accelerator rather than with the pedal assembly or the floor mats, but that they'll never admit it until they're forced to.

13 posted on 02/10/2010 2:52:49 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: OB1kNOb
I was thinking I heard a report on the news saying that Toyota’s gas pedals were made in China.

Nope, they're made by a company called CTS in Indiana. They're also sold to Ford, which was using them in some commercial vehicles they were selling in China. That's where the China angle in the story showed up a couple weeks ago.

A lot of people think that Toyota's not being honest here, and that they were trying to shift the blame onto a non-Japanese supplier rather than admit it's their fault. Many believe that the problem lies in Toyota's software controlling the accelerator rather than with the pedal assembly or the floor mats, but that they'll never admit it until they're forced to.

14 posted on 02/10/2010 2:53:25 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Seems like a lot of volume but its because they sell so many cars. If it was Volvo the recall would be off the radar.


15 posted on 02/10/2010 2:56:45 PM PST by Swanks
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To: DoughtyOne

True Dat!!! Recalls are a way of life (sadly) for automakers. Fear sells, hence the chicken little reaction. Good point.


16 posted on 02/10/2010 2:56:54 PM PST by onona (DBDBA)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Ah, thanks for the clarification.


17 posted on 02/10/2010 2:57:13 PM PST by OB1kNOb (I'd rather be over the hill than under it.)
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To: OB1kNOb

You are right! I just looked it up. In fact the pedals were made at a Ford plant in China to the Toyota specifications. I can’t find any information about the Honda airbags. They aren’t new cars that are being recalled, though, eight to ten years old.


18 posted on 02/10/2010 2:57:49 PM PST by Eva (Obama bin Lyin)
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To: SeekAndFind
Nothing is happening to them.

They just don't trumpet all the recalls from Detroit onto the evening news.

19 posted on 02/10/2010 2:59:27 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Years ago Sony was on top as a maker of electronic consumer goods. In the last 10 years I have purchased several Sony products that either went bad or others that were lacking in usefulness.I think maybe these manufacturers are cashing in on their name much like Sony did.


20 posted on 02/10/2010 3:00:15 PM PST by rsobin
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To: SeekAndFind

I think when GM and Ford basically exited, the same thing has started to happen to the Japanese that happened to us 20-30 years ago: lack of serious competition makes one lazy and imprecise.


21 posted on 02/10/2010 3:04:17 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: TChris

I was kind of wondering if Honda did this in support of Toyota.


22 posted on 02/10/2010 3:15:53 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: onona

spot-on. same thing as happened to Detroit after our currency was debased.


23 posted on 02/10/2010 3:19:01 PM PST by CowboyJay (T(s)EA - Honest money, or bust!)
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To: SeekAndFind
What's happening to Japanese car makers?
Nothing that doesn't happen to all car makers. I think Toyota has been sitting on this gas pedal-thing for years, and it's finally blown up in their faces. As for Honda and airbags, this isn't the first time there have been recalls over airbags. I think your question is silly.
24 posted on 02/10/2010 3:39:37 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: Gaffer

I certainly don’t support Obama and believe he deserves to be criticized for many things, but, isn’t it a bit much to blame him for a 15 month old recall when he has only been in office for 13 months.

I know it may seem sacrilegious to devoted believers in the infallibility of the Japanese car companies, but they may just actually have some quality problems.


25 posted on 02/10/2010 3:47:49 PM PST by etcb
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder if they farmed stuff out to china?


26 posted on 02/10/2010 4:03:16 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: Gaffer

If he thinks that giving a lot of play on the Japanese car recalls will incentive us to buy GubMint motor vehicles, he is most sadly mistaken.


27 posted on 02/10/2010 4:18:25 PM PST by SueRae
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To: etcb

Yes, about as much sense as Obama blaming Bush for the health
care failure of a Dem House Senate and President.


28 posted on 02/10/2010 5:34:41 PM PST by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep
they're made by a company called CTS in Indiana

CTS has a manufacturing plant in China.

29 posted on 02/10/2010 7:18:26 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: DoughtyOne

Sounds like a threat, (from Government Motors):

http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/Prius-Problems-Surface-Officials-We-re-Not/PTrsIJq0MkWeAjshO3aJiw.cspx

Now Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is telling Reuters News Service: “We’re not through with Toyota.”


30 posted on 02/10/2010 7:30:40 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

It’s sounding more like the government is an arm of GM rather than the other way around isn’t it.


31 posted on 02/11/2010 12:15:23 PM PST by DoughtyOne (God, Family, Friends, Home, Town, State, the U.S., Conservatism, Free Republic & a dollar a day...)
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