1. Takata's chapter 11 bankruptcy plan has been approved by a Delaware judge.

    While that means some reorganization, pay-offs for creditors, yadda yadda etc ... the dollar figure I was interested in involves how much is being set aside for injury victims.

    The action makes official the agreement that requires the airbag manufacturer to pay $850 million to help automakers cover some of the cost for airbag recalls. Another $125 million will be paid to compensate drivers injured by exploding airbags.

    The plan also includes a "channeling injunction" for future victims. Unfortunately I don't see any mention of compensation for the families of people killed by the inflators, but I'm sure we'll see future litigation in those cases.

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  2. Nichol Lynn Barker Pahlck's 2002 Honda Accord was involved in a "crash that should not have been fatal," according to Florida authorities.

    Pahlck's family denies receiving any recall notices although Honda said in previous statements that 21 airbag recall notices were mailed over the years to registered owners of the Accord, including 10 recall notices sent to the current owner.

    The 2002 Accord is part of the Takata "High Risk" list. Regardless, these stories are hard to read and point to the importance of getting any recalled inflators replaced.

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  3. It's a new year, so we're out with the old and in with the ... ahh, crap. There's another Takata recall for Honda owners? 2018 ... 2017 ... it's all the same.

    This recall involves 717,000 vehicles which, I believe, brings the grand total of recalled vehicles to 72 quadrillion or so.

    The Takata airbag inflators are at risk of exploding due to the metal inflators that contain the explosive chemical, ammonium nitrate. The chemical can become unstable due to heat, time and moisture, something that has already killed at least 21 people worldwide, most of those deaths occurring in Honda vehicles.

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  4. For years 2013-2015 Accord and Crosstour owners have been complaining about problems with their starters and the costs associated with it.

    In addition to the threat of being stranded, owners have ponied up a lot of cash for new batteries, towing fees to the dealership, and replacement starter motors.

    And as it turns out the problem is likely a manufacturing issue. So a proposed class-action wants to know why Honda is refusing to help any owner outside of the warranty period?

    The lawsuit as it currently stands is for affected Honda owners in the state of New Jersey.

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  5. Honda. Takata. Recall. Three words that I'm tired of typing and you're sick of hearing about.

    Yet here we are with another recall of 1.3 million Honda and Acura vehicles with ticking time-bombs for airbags. Many of the vehicles are being recalled for a second time.

    You probably know the script by now:

    1. Over time Takata airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture.
    2. When that moisture mixes with the airbag's propellant, the inflators become unstable and can explode sending shrapnel throughout the cabin.
    3. The problem is responsible for 11 deaths in the USA alone.

    Honda has now recalled 11.4 million vehicles for this problem. Eleven point four million! Find out if yours is on the most recent list.

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  6. Car companies seem intent on squeezing in the latest and greatest technology into our cars, even when those technologies are an overall detriment to the driving experience.

    But there's good news coming from Honda HQ.

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  7. The 2016 Civic has an electronic parking brake. Oh wait, let me fix that – the 2016 Civic has an electronic parking brake that doesn't always work.

    There, that's better. Or worse (depending on how you look at it). Honda has issued a recall says they aren't aware of any Civics rolling away due to the issue.

    "The automaker says the software can keep the parking brake from working when it is applied immediately after turning off the ignition. However, Honda says the parking will continue to work if it's applied before turning off the ignition."

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  8. Have you ever hired a moving company? If you have, you know it's unlikely everything is going to make it to the destination in one piece. I guess we shouldn't be surprised when the same thing happens while moving cars.

    Honda is recalling the 2016 Civic 2-door because the side marker LED lights were damaged during shipping.

    "Honda discovered the problem in May when five cars in Canada were found to have faulty rear side marker lights, then 15 more vehicles were found during an investigation of in-house Civics."

    The recalled Civics were built between 02/23/2016 and 05/20/2016.

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  9. You're not going to be going far in some 2015-2016 Honda and Acura vehicles, because the gas tanks leak.

    Honda blames the problem on insufficient welds which may separate and allow fuel to leak out. Weld, that stinks.

    The recalled vehicles include some 2015 Acura MDX, 2016 Acura MDX, 2015-2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Honda Pilot. However, the issue only affects 39 vehicles.

    The recall was expected to begin on July 8th, 2016.

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