• Oct 1, 2006
OK, what happened here? Suddenly the Japanese automakers are leading practically every category in the world of automotive statistics, even the bad ones. Long considered to be superior to American and European vehicles in terms of reliability and durability, lately we are more likely to find them filling the headlines with more dubious announcements, like recalls. Joining Mazda, Toyota and Nissan, Honda Motor just announced a very large recall. It will recall about 270,000 mostly Japanese market vehicles because of defective electric circuits and engine-linked parts.

The recall covers Odyssey minivans that have potential fire threats and Life small cars affected by engines suddenly shutting down, a transportation ministry official said. "In the cases with Odyssey, electric circuits for the windshield wipers have problems that they may catch fire when it's freezing due to the cold," said the official. The generator seems to be the problem with the Life models, with the battery possibly running down and suddenly shutting down the engine, he said. Total number of vehicles effected is 117,500 Odysseys and 153,000 Lives.

[Source: Today Online]
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      • 8 Years Ago
      There recalling SO MANY cars because their selling SO MANY cars. What is the percentage of their total vehicles produce that are being recalled? I'd say very low.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Every car has thousands of parts in it and many of those parts come from I don't know how many dozens or hundreds of suppliers.

      Honda vehicles are better than most others and when Hondas are recalled to replace a component that could be a safety hazzard if it failed, then so what?

      This recall and recalls that'll surely arise in the future will have no effect on Honda's long-term reputation which has been and will surely remain among the best in the industry.
      FordMania
      • 8 Years Ago
      3. These are a different kind of recalls from the Domestics. Japanese automakers care a lot about people and announce recalls at the first sign of trouble. Domestics only care about money and announce recalls only after hundreds of people get injured or die.

      Posted at 3:33PM on Oct 6th 2006 by Whydrive 0 stars

      You are obviously biased in your vues. Please explain to me why the tie rod end falling off of a Toyota truck that took nearly ten years for Toyota to recall is acceptable? How about steering wheels coming off of Avalons? Faulty airbags that fail to deploy or do not meet federal guidlines? Defective seatbelts? Oh wait... the million plus Honda transmissions that were recalled didn't actually kill anyone so I guess they are OK in your opinion. The sludge trouble was just a figment of some domestic lovers imagination. But that darn recall on the Malibu for not having the proper decall installed... now I see what you mean by a "different class of recall"

      All recalls are bad regardless of the manufacturer named in the recall. You folks who have bashed domestics in the past using recalls as one of your reasons for hating are begining to eat your words more and more. You seem to be bitter about it too.

      I for one am no fool to the fact that 20 years ago practically ANY import was better than practically ANY domestic. I also believe that some import models are still of the best quality on the road. But the gap has narrowed so much that I will not be scared of any particular car unless the model itself shows some troubling trend.

      I bought a Nissan Titan based on design and a faulty notion of " percieved quality" of imports vs. domestics. What a load of balony that has turned out to be!
      • 8 Years Ago
      These are a different kind of recalls from the Domestics. Japanese automakers care a lot about people and announce recalls at the first sign of trouble. Domestics only care about money and announce recalls only after hundreds of people get injured or die.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whydrive

      Very Well Put