Déjà vu- (noun) a feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
On Saturday, Honda officially announced that they will be recalling nearly 900,000 minivans, so they can replace a fuel related part that increases the risk of… fire hazards!! Holy moly, grab the women and children and take cover.
According to the company, this dangerous problem primarily applies to Honda Odyssey minivans that were produced from 2005-2010. In a released statement, Honda reps say, “Honda will replace the fuel strainer, free of charge. Prolonged exposure to acidic chemicals, which are present in some car wash formulas and the general environment, along with high ambient temperatures, may cause the cover of the fuel strainer to deteriorate prematurely, resulting in cracks in the material. Cracks in the cover of the fuel strainer, which is located on top of the fuel tank, could lead to a fuel smell being present or, in extreme cases, to leaking fuel, increasing the risk of fire.”
Hmmmm. All of this may sound eerily familiar.
Well, maybe that’s because Honda’s history is littered with recall after recall. Just back in Novemeber, Honda recalled 344,000 2007 and 2008 models due to a computer malfunction that could lead to “heavy and unexpected braking.” Two months before that, they recalled 318,000 of its 2003 and 2004 Odysseys because of unexpected airbag deployment!
Even more disconcerting, this recall history doesn’t just apply to recent history. Over the last decade, Honda has been involved in over a dozen recalls, all involving high profile vehicles and high profile issues.
Don’t believe it? Here is a 2010 video from the Associated Press recounting the Honda problems…
Also, check out this quote from a 2010 article from Autoblog, “Honda has announced a recall for some 410,000 vehicles due to a defect with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) module. The issue with the VSA results in a softening sensation through the brake pedal and a longer pedal travel that requires owners to apply more pressure to bring their vehicles to a halt. The conditions worsens over time as the stability control system lets a small amount of air into the braking system.”
So, let’s get this straight. Based on research conducted of Honda’s history, somebody that owns a Honda is at risk to be:
2. Be flung into a violent collision because of faulty brakes
3. Or get an unexpected punch to the face from a faulty airbag, which is ironically meant to protect the driver and passengers
Sign me up! Oh wait, no… I don’t want any of that. Car companies can sell me on a lot of things, but not that.