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The 5 Best, Worst Car Brands in US

Can Ford thank Matthew McConaughey?

(Newser) - It's not clear whether Matthew McConaughey's commercials have anything to do with swaying customer opinion, but a nationwide survey of nearly 4,000 people regarding 24 major car brands has found that Americans love their Ford Lincolns the most, 24/7 Wall St. reports. An American Customer Satisfaction Index... More »

Feds: Air Bags in Older Hondas Are Extremely Dangerous

One senator calls the vehicles 'deathtraps'

(Newser) - The US government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous, the AP reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has data showing... More »

Honda Recalls 45K Cars for Scary Reason

Engines can fail, stall while being driven

(Newser) - Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the US and Canada because the engines can fail and stall while being driven. The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Documents filed by Canadian safety regulators say that a circular clip around the pistons... More »

'Happy Manipulating!': Takata Emails Depict Tampering

'New York Times' reveals recently unsealed communications

(Newser) - Nearly 20 million vehicles have been recalled thanks to Takata airbags , which can explode and have been connected to eight US deaths. Now, the New York Times reveals internal emails that show Takata employees were manipulating testing data as far back as 2000—around the time the company introduced a... More »

Honda Dumps Its President

Takanobu Ito will step down

(Newser) - Honda Motor Co., currently at the center of an airbag defect scandal , said today its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive, Takahiro Hachigo. Ito will remain on the board as an adviser. The announcement did not mention the problems with the airbags and... More »

2M Vehicles Recalled Over Air Bags

Toyota, Chrysler, Honda models affected

(Newser) - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota Avalon models... More »

Honda Fined Record $70M Over Safety Issues

It failed to report accidents, injuries to government

(Newser) - The Obama administration is fining Honda $70 million—the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker—for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims. The Japanese automaker acknowledged in November that it failed to report the... More »

Mom of Crash Survivor: I Thank Honda, Not God

Lynn Beisner: federal regulations more important than higher power

(Newser) - Lynn Beisner's son was driving last week when a semi-trailer wheel landed on his hood and shattered every window in the car. Amazingly, the Honda vehicle "formed a cocoon for his body" and he didn't have "a scratch on him," she writes in the Washington ... More »

Almost 3M Cars Recalled Over Exploding Airbags

Honda, Nissan, Mazda all expand earlier recalls

(Newser) - Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode, though no accidents have been reported related to the recalls. Honda recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and... More »

Obama in Japan: Diplomacy, Sushi, Soccer With a Robot

Obama pledges to defend Japan in dispute over 'rock'

(Newser) - President Obama guaranteed that the US would protect Japan if its dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands comes to blows, a serious moment in a conspicuously fun Tokyo trip. Obama said the islands have historically been administered by Japan, and that a US treaty "covers all territories administered... More »

Honda Recalls 900K Minivans

Odysseys from 2005-10 may have faulty fuel pump covers

(Newser) - Honda is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the US because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak. Odysseys from the model years 2005 through 2010 are involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from... More »

CES' Hot New Gadget Is Your Car

New vehicles sprout 4G; Google announces Open Automotive Alliance

(Newser) - The big news from the Consumer Electronics Show—where the expected theme is "the connected car"—is a plan to make your new vehicle a little more like your smartphone. General Motors and Audi tell the Wall Street Journal they have plans to give their vehicles built-in 4G... More »

Honda Recalls 405K Vehicles Over Air Bags

Most are Odyssey minivans

(Newser) - Honda is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles because of a malfunction in its air bag system. The recall largely affects its flagship minivan, the Odyssey, with 342,000 models sold between 2003 and 2004 affected. It also applies to 63,400 Acura MDXs sold in 2003. A glitch can... More »

Toyota, Honda Recall 3.4M Vehicles in Airbag Failure

Nissan, Mazda are also involved

(Newser) - An airbag issue is prompting Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda to recall some 3.4 million vehicles. Passenger-side airbag inflators are at risk of exploding and blasting out plastic pieces, the AP reports, while a rep for Japanese airbag maker Takata warns Reuters that driver-side airbags may fail to inflate.... More »

Honda Recalls 870K 'Runaway' Vehicles

SUVs, minivans roll away without key in ignition

(Newser) - Honda is recalling more than 870,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide because they can roll away even though drivers have removed the keys from the ignition. The recall announced today affects older-model vehicles sold mainly in the United States. They were big sellers with families because of their ample space... More »

Meet US' Most Efficient Car: 118MPG

Honda Fit EV wins EPA title

(Newser) - The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the most efficient car sold on these shores, according to the EPA—and it's been awarded the highest fuel efficiency equivalency rating ever, at 118 MPGe. That figure beats Mitsubishi's iMiEV, at 112 MPGe, as well as the Ford Focus Electric, which... More »

Honda Unveils Segway Competitor: the Uni-Cub

It's designed to ride indoors

(Newser) - Watch out, Segway, there's a new player in the high-end scooter game. Honda has revealed the Uni-Cub, a personal mobility device that, like the Segway, is driven by shifting one's weight. It "looks like a trash compactor on wheels," reports the Los Angeles Times . (The Wall ... More »

The Awesome Ferris Bueller Ad Is Here

Matthew Broderick stars in 'Matthew's Day Off' for Honda

(Newser) - The full-length Ferris Bueller-inspired Super Bowl ad is here, and AdWeek dubs it "awesome." Matthew Broderick stars in "Matthew's Day Off," a Honda ad in which he calls in sick to a film shoot in order to do all sorts of fun stuff in his... More »

Car Owner Spurns Lawyers, Takes On Honda Herself

She's going to small-claims court over hybrid mileage

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times says it has the potential to become a "small-claims flash mob"—and a major headache for the auto industry along with attorneys looking for a fat payday: A California woman is spurning a proposed class-action settlement and instead taking Honda to small-claims court because... More »

Car Sales Jumped 14% Last Month

Chrysler, VW saw huge gains

(Newser) - Americans may be worried about the economy, but they still need to get where they’re going. Auto sales beat expectations last month, rising 14% to 994,721, their fastest sales pace since August 2009, reports the AP . Chrysler led the pack: The automaker’s sales jumped 45%, Reuters reports.... More »

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