1. Honda will extend the powertrain warranty on more than 1 million vehicles in the US that continue to have oil dilution problems.

    The 1.5-liter Earth Dreams engine is notorious for gasoline diluting the oil, which triggers warning lights, hurts performance, and creates an awful smell inside the cabin. The extended warranty is available to owners in all 50 states despite Honda’s insistence that the issue only happens in extreme cold weather.…

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  2. Honda confirms that a 2002 Civic owner was killed by injuries sustained by an exploding Takata airbag.

    This is the 14th Takata-related fatality for Honda occupants in the U.S. The 2001-2002 Civic is on “high risk” list for explosions, but this vehicle was never repaired.…

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  3. Honda has recalled over 437,000 vehicles to prevent the engine from suddenly shutting down due to a clogged fuel pump.

    Sodium particulates, often found in cheap gas, can cling to the inside of the pump and increase resistance as they heat up. A clogged pump isn’t very effective at sending fuel to the engine and, as you might imagine, that’s a big problem.…

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  4. Honda has been upfront about the 2015 CR-V’s vibration problems. A recently settled lawsuit is asking them to be upfront about the solution, too.

    The automaker has released a series of Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) with suggestions for removing the unwanted vibration. However, not every dealership acknowledges the problem or tells owners about the free repairs. That’s about to change as the settlement requires Honda to directly contact all potentially affected owners about the TSBs.…

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  5. There’s something defective in the Clarity Fuel Cell’s ECU that is causing a full-on panic over minor variances in voltage, shutting down the fuel cell stack and prompting a recall.

    Combustion engines need gas. EVs need electricity. And the Clarity Fuel Cell needs, well, fuel cells. This recall is similar to another recall back in February, but owners are still complaining about a sudden loss of power.

    The Clarity Fuel Cell can only be leased in California and must be repaired at one of 12 authorized dealerships in the state.

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  6. Clips designed to hold the 2019 Pilot and Rideline’s b-pillar panels in place have mounting holes that are too big.

    Why does that matter? Because it could stop the side curtain airbags from deploying in a crash. Seriously.

    Honda says the side curtain airbags may not deploy properly if the panels interfere with the curtain airbags.

    About 400 vehicles have been recalled to install brackets … to hold the clips … to hold the panels.

    Efficiency at its best.

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  7. More than 7,000 Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R vehicles [shipped with the wrong owner’s manual, or no manual at all

    . I’m not sure which is worse.

    Honda received a report in February 2018 that indicated the wrong owner's manual was found in a vehicle during a routine port inspection. The automaker opened an investigation and determined there were problems at one manufacturing plant.

    Men everywhere finally have an excuse for not reading the manual. That is, until the recall which will start on January 8, 2019.

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