• Nov 29, 2010
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is looking into issues with 2006 Honda CR-V models and 2007 Kia Optimas. According to The Detroit News, both vehicles have garnered a fairly small number of complaints – just three each – for separate problems. In the case of the CR-V models, owners have experienced electrical failures that led to fires in the driver's side door. Owners claim that the master window switch overheated, causing the damage. NHTSA is looking into around 150,000 of the Honda models.

Meanwhile, the agency is investigating 41,000 Kia Optimas for faulty transmission shift cables. Owners have reported problems with the cables becoming detached from the transmission, effectively locking the vehicle into or out of gear. In one case, a vehicle rolled away after being shut off. The Detroit News reports that Kia has issued a service bulletin concerning improperly-installed shift cables that may detach over time.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "I've never have any problems with my Honda!"

      More evidence that quality and reliability in Japanese cars are simply a figment of their owners imagination.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ed, you should really take a look at J.D. Power's Quality and Reliability ratings of Honda and Volkswagen.

        And as always, great reliability does not mean zero problems. It translates into considerably less problems than those of cars made by other manufacturers. I'd say that 3 complaints out of all the CR-V's produced means that the car is quite reliable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the real difference between Honda and Kia, aka japanese and koreans; is that Kia is dealing with it. Meanwhile, being your typical Japanese business stereotype, Honda has likely long since known about the problem and looked the other way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Les, - - Waaa Waaaa
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone who drives an SUV is one of the most uncaring, brainless, dangerous egotists on the planet. You don't care that your boat blocks the vision of most of the other cars on the road. You don't care that your tank wears out the roads more than twice as fast as normal cars. You don't care that your weapon destroys lives more than 60 percent more often than normal cars. You don't care that the glare from your off-weather lights blinds other regular drivers. You don't care that your aircraft carrier uses fuel and pollutes more than most other cars on the road. You don't care about putting wives and kids behind the wheel without proper training on how to handle a large vehicle, so that they go out and roll it or kill someone else. You do care about luxurious, built in distractions like TV, radio, cd player, GPS, etc., which all cause accidents and raise the cost of insurance for everyone thanks to you. You can all kiss my Aveo-driving PATOOTIE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I've never have any problems with my Honda!"

      More evidence that quality and reliability in Japanese cars are simply a figment of their owners imagination.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, my 2005 CR-V was fine, until a tree fell on it @ 25K miles.

        Sunroof never stopped whistling after that. (not Honda's fault, it was the crappy bodyshop's)

        Before that it was only in the dealer for a hitch that the dealer put on upside down (seriously) and a rear gate ajar switch, that wouldn't allow the dome lamp to turn off.

        I miss the picnic table.

        :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        The day VW has a model with a complaint percentage of 3/170028 or 0.007% will be quite the day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The day VW has a model with a complaint percentage of 3/170028 or 0.0017% will be quite the day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, that was like what, 3 complaints out of how many CR-Vs Honda sold in the time period?

        And if you can honestly saw an average VW is more reliable than an average Honda with a straight face, carry on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong. Personal experience trumps garbage spewed on here. I have owned a ton of GM stuff and I never kept them past the warranty period except a Chevy Metro. The GM vehicles were always kind enough to warn me to dump them before warranty expiration via issues cropping up. I have racked up darn near a million miles on Hondas and Toyotas with only one serious problem being an axle seal leak. My current daily driver, a 96 Civic has 260K miles and costs me very little to run and I rely on it. I just checked out the window and confirmed it is not a figment of my imagination. That being said, I have nothing against buying American. It is just hard to do when you have great luck with a manufacturer like Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I highly doubt a sludged up Toyota engine or a faulty broken Honda transmission is what one would call "gliding" into 250k miles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can say that the other day I was complaing to my friend about my 2010 F150 having a rattle. I told him I will take it in as many times as I have to. He drives a 2009/10 Camry. He said, yeah, I have a rattle in the a-pillar, but im not going to take it in. I told him, how do you expect to better their cars if you do not take it in? I have a friend she also had a Mazda Protege. That thing made some awful vibration noise in the dash from the engine or something. Never took it in. Maybe foriegn car owners just dont take their cars in to have them fixed? I don't care what I am driving, I am paying dearly for my f150 and I will take it back and back to Ford til it is right! And Honda's have had plenty of issues, just google Honda then the model then complaints/issues.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh man rattles drive me crazy. And there are no excuses for them this day in age. I am not going to generalize either but maybe there is some truth to it. It's funny because my grandpas 2002 F150 does not rattle at all. Period. And then is back when Ford was "supposedly" crappy. My grandmas 2000 Taurus has less rattles thn my 2010 F150! My 2004 non heritage F150 was solid. This new one, crap so far. Ford really cheaped out...maybe it was because they were on a limited budget and trying to survive. Either way, I am not longer a loyal Ford customer because of it, and will be looking into buying the new Charger after this truck is paid off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not gonna make any generalizations but those I know who are import fans don't see a rattle as a problem. My buddy's 09 Civic has a rattle and a buzz coming from the dash and he won't acknowledge it. But get him into my five year old Focus, which when idling rattles, buzzes, etc. like mad, he talks about how American cars are crap. He also thinks his mom's 07 Fusion is a hunk of crap because he's changed the bulbs in one taillight three times and the one in the other once.

        I have a couple friends who are ridiculous when it comes to perception and what they think is an actual problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Les.....bite me. While you're at it, screw yourself. And insert your Aveo where the sun don't shine.

      There, that about covers it.....carry on, folks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ed, 2 of my old Toyotas and one Honda that I have sold in the past now have well over 300,000 miles on them.
      My very first Toyota was a 1976 Toyota PU that had almost 1/2 million miles on it when I lost track of it about 7 years ago.
      Open your eye's Ed, you sound like a liberal democrat UAW member.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was in complete agreement with you until the "liberal democrat UAW member" comment.

        That is just uncalled for. What does that have to do with anything?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This foreign crap is so overrated....
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