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Statement by American Honda Regarding Rear Side Marker Lights Recall: 2016 Civic Coupe

  • 11,846 Civic Coupes affected in the United States;
  • Rear side marker lights will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired, free of charge

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American Honda will voluntarily recall 11,846 Civic Coupes from the 2016 model year to inspect the rear side marker lights to determine if they illuminate properly and, if necessary, replace the rear light assembly, free of charge. Honda discovered this issue during routine vehicle inspections at the factory and has received no related customer or dealer reports.

Certain taillight assemblies may have a light emitting diode (LED) side marker light circuit board that was damaged during transit from a parts supplier, making the marker light inoperable and thus noncompliant with federal safety standards (FMVSS 108). Affected vehicles with an inoperative rear side marker light may have decreased visibility in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in early-September 2016. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles will require inspection by going towww.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Statement by American Honda Regarding Expanded Recall of Takata Non-desiccated Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Some 2.2 million additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to a new recall calling for the free replacement of a total of approximately 4.5 million non-desiccated Takata front passenger airbag inflators (this vehicle total excludes vehicles also subject to prior Takata inflator recalls)
  • Free recall repairs are expected to begin in late-Summer 2016 for automobiles and late-Fall for motorcycles
  • Approximately 2,700 Honda Gold Wing motorcycles with optional airbags installed will also be recalled to replace Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator modules

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Based on recent Defect Information Reports (16E-042, 16E-043 and 16E-044) from the airbag inflator supplier, Takata, Honda will conduct recalls (16V-344 and 16V-346) covering approximately 4.5 million Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States to replace, free of charge to vehicle owners, Takata passenger front airbag inflators that do not contain a moisture absorbing desiccant. Excluding the number of vehicles subject to the earlier Takata airbag inflator recalls, approximately 2.2 million additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. will become subject to recall as a result of this action.

No new driver front airbag inflators in Honda or Acura automobiles will be subject to recall in this action, as all potentially affected driver inflators are already subject to prior recalls. However, some vehicles previously repaired under earlier driver front inflator recalls will now require replacement of those vehicles’ passenger front inflators under this new action.

In addition, approximately 2,700 Honda Gold Wing Airbag motorcycles from the 2006-2010 model years will be recalled (16V-347) to replace Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator modules installed on those vehicles. There have been no Takata airbag inflator ruptures involving Honda motorcycles globally, and this recall is the first to include inflators installed on Honda motorcycles. For more information about the history of motorcycle airbags, please visithttp://world.honda.com/MotorcycleAirbag/history/

Required replacement parts may not become available until late-Summer 2016 for automobiles and late-Fall 2016 for motorcycles. As a result, owners of affected vehicles for which there are no immediately available replacement parts may be informed of the recall in an initial notification letter within 60 days. Once replacement parts become available, Honda will send a second notification letter to owners with instructions to pursue repair at their local authorized dealer.

The most up-to-date available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com andwww.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138 for automobile customers. The list of specific vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for the automobiles to be included in this recall has not yet been determined. Therefore, a VIN search at our websites or NTHSA’s recall site is not possible yet for this action. We anticipate that concerned owners of the affected automobile models will be able to accurately search their vehicles’ recall status on these sites beginning on June 6, 2016. Motorcycle customers can currently search at www.powersports.honda.com/recalls or they can call (866) 784-1870 for Honda motorcycle recall information.

With this new action, a total of approximately 10.7 million Honda and Acura automobiles have been or now are subject to recall for replacement of a Takata driver and/or passenger front airbag inflator in the United States, with approximately 2,700 Honda motorcycles subject to recall for the replacement of the Takata airbag inflator module.

Automobile models and model years included in the first stage of this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated passenger front inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2005-2011 Acura RL
  • 2009-2011 Acura TSX
  • 2010-2011 Acura ZDX
  • 2008-2011 Honda Accord
  • 2010-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2006-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2005-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2011 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2011 Honda Fit
  • 2010-2011 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2011 Honda Ridgeline

Motorcycle models and model years included in the first phase of this recent expansion of the Takata non-desiccated airbag inflator recall (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2006-2010 Honda Gold Wing Airbag

New Honda #PhoneDownEyesUp Social Campaign Targets Distracted Driving

Campaign Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Honda is encouraging safer driving habits through a new social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp in support of Distracted Driving Awareness month in April. Since distracted driving is a form of multitasking, Honda is launching a new social media video series demonstrating the difficulty and danger in trying to do two things at once.

The #PhoneDownEyesUp campaign features six 20-second videos that bring to life the simple premise of the campaign — if you can’t text and complete an easy task, you certainly can’t text and drive. Each video shares a similar concept, using relatable experiences to show people the difficulty of trying to text while participating in typical everyday activities such as cutting hair, gardening, making pancakes, pet sitting, vacuuming and working out. The #PhoneDownEyesUp ‘Distracted Texting’ videos will be shared and promoted on multiple social media channels including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube: www.honda.us/PhoneDownEyesUp.

“Honda is deeply committed to enhancing the safety of everyone on the road, so it’s imperative that we encourage everyone to stay focused, and remind them about the dangers of texting and other potential distractions while behind the wheel,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Honda. “This campaign is intended to be both relatable and sharable content that will reach millennials and deliver an easy-to-understand message about the very human limitations we all have when it comes to driving while distracted.”

In addition, Honda is creating downloadable lock screens to help drivers remind themselves to put the phone down in the car. Fans can save the images from the posts on Honda’s Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages directly to their phones and set them as their lock screens via their phone’s settings.

The videos will run through the month of April and can be viewed at: www.honda.us/PhoneDownEyesUp.

Honda Commitment to Safety

Honda has a long history of leadership in the development of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. Today, Honda is working toward its vision for a “zero-collision society” and is targeting a 50 percent reduction in fatalities in its vehicles by 2020, compared to 2000 levels, and zero fatalities in Honda vehicles by 2040.

Toward this goal, the company is broadly applying its Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that can help mitigate the potential for or severity of a collision. Thanks in part to the widespread application of Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, Honda is also among the industry leaders in earning top collision safety ratings from the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including top IIHS collision-safety ratings for Honda’s five top-selling U.S. models – Accord, Civic, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey.

Statement by American Honda Regarding Expansion of Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators expands to include approximately 127,000 inflators in 2003-2004 CR-V vehicles not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators
  • Honda’s national Takata airbag inflator recall repair completion rate is 47.1%

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Honda announced today that it will expand a national recall (15V-370) to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2003-2004 CR-V models sold in the United States following a recent defect determination by Takata, the airbag inflator supplier. This expansion will add approximately 127,000 passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

Approximately 78,000 of the affected 2003-2004 CR-V vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (14V-353 and 14V-700) will also transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action. This updated recall (15V-370) now includes approximately 3.4 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Models now included in 15V-370 (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2003-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2004 Honda CR-V (all 2002 and certain 2003 CR-V previously included)
  • 2003 Honda Element
  • 2002-2003 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Honda Pilot
  • 2003 Acura MDX

NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that was announced on May 28, 2015.

Honda has sufficient replacement parts suspplies to begin recall repairs of the added vehicles immediately, nationwide. Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Media – Please include the following as you report this story – Thank You!

American Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at authorized dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status atwww.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners or by calling their authorized dealer.

Our Perspectives: Takata Inflator Recall Update

Honda is making steady progress in our continued effort to reach as many customers affected by Takata airbag inflator recalls as possible, and to rapidly repair their vehicles. Yet, with so many customers still needing to bring their vehicles in for repair, we continue to initiate new outreach activities.

In recent months, Honda and Acura dealers across the United States have replaced upwards of 24,000 Takata airbag inflators on a daily basis. In total, more than 3.5 million defective Takata inflators have now been replaced.

As of October 5, our national recall repair completion rate stands at 38.6%. Moreover, in high absolute humidity zones, areas believed to pose the greatest risk of inflator rupture, our recall repair completion rate is 41%.i

To put these numbers in context, we recently analyzed 14 different recall campaigns with a combined volume of more than eight million vehicles. And while we see completion rates of up to 80 percent for vehicles in the first year of ownership, we found that the percentage declines with each passing year, to around 33 percent in the 9th and 10th year of ownership. So, considering the scale of this recall and the age of the vehicles involved, we are making good progress.

But with millions of vehicles still in need of repair, we must do more. And with additional replacement inflator supplies from Daicel, Autoliv and TRW now readily available, we are well positioned to manage incoming demand.

By the end of July, at least one mailed notification, and in many cases several, had been sent to each and every registered owner of affected Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States. We’ve also made millions of direct and automated phone calls, in addition to a myriad of other outreach actions.

Despite the risks involved, experience has shown us that many customers, particularly owners of older model vehicles, do not always respond to these calls-to-action. So, to continuously reinforce the need to act, we are consistently looking for and using creative strategies to reach customers, including the following:

  • This week, we initiated a new round of print, digital and radio advertising in select, test markets. The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts to rapidly raise mass awareness, locally.
  • We have found that social media is an effective way to raise awareness, as users comment and share posts with their friends and family members who drive affected vehicles. So, we are in the process of initiating a new wave of sponsored, customized Facebook posts targeting individual affected owners that mention the model owned by each identified user.
  • Honda Customer Relations continues to respond quickly to thousands of customer questions and concerns each day. In October, Honda’s Customer Service Twitter account (@HondaCustSvc) changed its banner image to raise attention to Takata airbag inflator recalls, and pinned a Tweet explaining how to quickly check a vehicle for open recalls online.

Across Honda, we’ve mobilized and provided nearly 30,000 U.S. associates with materials to help them raise awareness among their own friends and family. This campaign has resulted in a significant number of additional repairs to date.

With the understanding that word of mouth communication is effective, please join us in urging the public to continuously check their vehicles for open recalls, and if necessary, to take immediate action to complete the repair.

Bruce T. Smith
Senior Vice President
Parts, Service, Technical, Export & Auto Operations
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

An important note: Honda continues to urge owners of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls to get their vehicles repaired at an authorized dealership as soon as possible. The authorized dealership will make appropriate repairs at no charge to the customer. If there is a delay in repairing an affected vehicle, Honda and Acura dealers are authorized to provide a free loaner or rental vehicle until the recall repair can be completed. Honda and Acura owners can check their vehicles’ recall status atwww.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Summary of Affected Honda & Acura Models (certain specific vehicles only):

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2005 Acura RL

Statement by American Honda Regarding Plug Top Ignition Coil Recall: 2015 Honda Fit

2015 honda fit bHonda will voluntarily recall approximately 17,800 model-year 2015 Fit vehicles in the United States to replace the plug top ignition coils, free of charge. The original plug top ignition coils may degrade over time, which, in the worst case, could cause the vehicle’s engine to stall, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered through the warranty claim process outside of the United States.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin October 6, 2015. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require repair now by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

Thank You to My Honda Accord

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This has been a stressful week. Saturday evening I got seriously rearended. This wasn’t your typical fender bender. I was stopped and the kid behind me didn’t even try to stop; he bounced off me and hit a 2010 Honda CR-V head-on that was going the opposit direction. He hit that CR-V so hard it pushed into a parked car on the side of the road. The CR-V was totaled. But driver amazingly walked away.

Compared to the other two cars, my 2009 Honda Accord has little damage. However, this is also the fourth accident in about two years it has been involved in and I can’t thank it, or Honda, enough.

Four times, our Honda Accord has protected me and my family from serious injury. This last accident, the driver who hit me was going around 35 miles per hour into my stopped car at the time of impact. Hard enough to literally knock the shoe off my non-driving foot. But I only have a bit of a sore neck and back. And I know it could’ve been much worse.

So, as I deal with insurance companies for the fourth time, my 2009 Honda Accord prepares to have it’s fourth bumper put on. I know we could never re-sell it for hardly anything, but at this point, we wouldn’t want to. Time and time…and time and time again, our Accord has taken the brunt of other people’s bad choices (as it was designed to do) while we walked away with inconvient phone calls to make and stiff necks.

And I can’t thank Honda or my Honda Accord enough. For this reason, I will always recommend the Honda Accord and choose Hondas over any other comparable vehicle. I simply cannot imagine trusting my safety and my family’s safety to anyone else.

Entire Acura Sedan Model Line Earns Top NHTSA Safety Ratings as 2016 Acura ILX Sedan Achieves 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

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Acura continues to advance its leadership in safety performance among luxury brands with the 2016 ILX becoming the latest Acura sedan to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The 2016 Acura ILX joins the flagship RLX luxury sedani and the TLX performance-luxury sedan in earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

“As the gateway to the Acura sedan lineup, it is important the 2016 Acura ILX offer advanced safety technologies along with outstanding performance and luxury refinement,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Acura has always been an industry leader in safety performance and we are proud the entire Acura sedan model line received the top safety ratings from NHTSA.”

One aspect of Acura’s safety performance leadership is the availability of the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies on all models. AcuraWatch™ includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (including Forward Collision Warning), Road Departure Mitigation, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System, with sensor-fusion technology that enables new capabilities, including pedestrian sensing. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, can intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The 2016 Acura ILX offers autonomous emergency braking technology at the most affordable price point within the luxury segment.

The Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is another element of the Acura safety leadership strategy. Incorporated in the 2016 ILX, the next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions. Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, Next-Generation ACE™ actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements. The front wheelhouse upper member, front pillar, side sill and front floor frame are the main areas that were reinforced to improve performance in small-offset frontal collisions on the 2016 ILX.

Reimagined for the 2016 model year with significant styling, performance and feature updates, the ILX is a part of the industry’s fastest-growing sedan lineup, with Acura sedans enjoying a 28 percent year-over-year sales increase through June 2015. The ILX caught the attention of Edmunds.com as it recently earned the 2015 Best Retained Value® model-level award and won entry luxury comparison tests from both AutoGuide and The Car Connection.

Statement by American Honda Regarding Nationwide Recall of Certain Takata Passenger Front Airbag Inflators

  • Nationwide recall of passenger front airbag inflators in 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord will add approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign
  • No change to national recall of driver front airbag inflators announced on May 28

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Honda today announced that it will initiate a national recall to replace, free of charge, Takata passenger front airbag inflators installed in certain 2001-2005 Civic and 2003-2007 Accord models sold in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. The recall will add 1.39 million passenger front airbag inflators not previously subject to either a recall or safety improvement campaign.

In its preliminary announcement on May 28, Honda stated that it would recall a more limited population of vehicles. That announcement, which was based on the specific regional nature of the defect determination made by Takata, indicated that approximately 350,000 additional passenger front airbag inflators would be added to inflators included in an earlier regional action (14V-700). However, the NHTSA subsequently interpreted the Takata defect determination as requiring a national recall and directed Honda to conduct a national recall. As a result, based on the Takata defect determination and the NHTSA’s subsequent directive, Honda decided to conduct a national recall that will include approximately 1.39 million inflators not previously subject to recall or safety improvement campaign (this includes the estimated 350,000 inflators mentioned in the preliminary announcement). According to currently available information, this results in a total of approximately 2.3 million passenger front airbag inflators now requiring replacement in this action.

Importantly, approximately 915,000 of the affected Civic and Accord vehicles included in existing passenger front airbag inflator recalls and Honda’s voluntary safety improvement campaigns (13V-132, 14V-349, 14-353 and 14V-700) will transition into the new recall. The same free repair – replacement of the passenger front airbag inflator – will be completed under the new national action.

NOTE: Today’s announcement does not alter the nature or scope of the national driver front airbag inflator recall that also was announced on May 28, 2015.

Mailed notification to registered owners of vehicles affected by this recall will occur within 60 days. The most-updated available consumer information about this action can be obtained at www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

Our Perspectives: Plain Speaking on the Takata Defect Announcement

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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a formal defect determination by Takata related to front airbag inflators installed in vehicles from more than 10 automakers.

While the headlines that followed focused on the millions of vehicles potentially involved, regrettably, most drivers are still unable to determine if their own car is included. I would like to set the record straight about the impact of this latest announcement on Honda and Acura owners, and the actions we are taking to meet their needs.

Honda has initiated several recalls and safety improvement campaigns related to Takata airbag inflators over the past six months. As a result, the vast majority of Honda and Acura vehicles impacted by last week’s announcement were already covered by past recalls or safety improvement campaigns. In fact, many of these vehicles have already been repaired – we’ve replaced nearly two-million inflators since 2013, most of those in the last nine months alone. Thus, no new driver’s side airbag inflator recalls will be added.

We will, however, add approximately 350,000 vehicles to the existing passenger airbag inflator recall, bringing the total number of Honda and Acura vehicles recalled – inclusive of driver and passenger – to approximately 6.28 million. No Honda or Acura vehicles model year 2012 or later have been recalled.

Despite the additions, we remain committed to repairing vehicles at a rate unprecedented in our company’s history. We now have four suppliers who are manufacturing replacement parts: Autoliv, Daicel, Takata and TRW. Due to a significant effort involving our dealers, in recent weeks, we have averaged more than 50,000 repairs per week and have cut the total number of backordered replacement inflators in half, eliminating the backorder altogether for some models.

For any affected owner who does experience a delay, Honda and Acura dealers continue to offer alternative transportation at no cost. More than 60,000 such customers have received loaner or rental vehicles since May 2014.

The specific VINs associated with the approximately 350,000 vehicles we are adding are in the process of being identified, verified and uploaded, so customers should continue checking their vehicles’ current recall status by visitingwww.recalls.honda.com for Honda owners or www.recalls.acura.com for Acura owners. Customers may also call 1-800-999-1009 for Honda or 1-800-382-2238 for Acura, and press option 4. It may be a few weeks before all vehicles are uploaded, so customers are urged to continue checking.

Please know that Honda is working diligently, on many fronts, to determine a root cause associated with Takata airbag inflator ruptures. The safety of our customers remains our top priority, and we will not rest until this matter is fully resolved.

Overall Summary of All Models Affected by One or More Takata Airbag Inflator recall or SIC (certain specific models only):

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2008 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2005 Acura RL