1. The 2015 Honda Fit's A-pillar cover might fit a little too snuggly and interfere with the deployment of airbags.

    The A-pillar is that bar that sits between your windshield and front windows. In the USA version of the Fit, the A-pillar contains the side-curtain airbags. International models, however, don't always have those same airbags installed. So when Honda installed international (and more permanent) covers over the USA versions' A-pillars, they effectively disabled a key safety feature.

    Honda discovered the problem during routine inspections at the factory when employees saw the A-pillar cover added to cars destined for the U.S. should have been used only in cars overseas. The automaker says no crashes or injuries have been reported related to the problem.

    The recall should begin around 09/25/2014.

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  2. There were high hopes when it came time to test the front bumper of the 2015 Honda Fit in the IIHS's newest, and most strenuous test -- the small overlap frontal crash test.

    The previous five model years had all received a "poor" rating, so surely the redesigned 2015 Fit would fare much better!

    Nope. Not only nope, but a big old pile of stinkin' nope to be more accurate.…

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  3. The investigation into the 2008 Accord's overly sensitive airbags has been upgraded to an engineering anaylsis.

    The investigation found 293 reports of people shutting the doors and triggering the driver-side or passenger-side side curtain air bag, and even the side seat-mounted torso air bag. NHTSA found 14 people who allegedly were injured because of the air bags.

    The original investigation was opened back in February.

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  4. With so much technology in cars nowadays, most modern recalls revolve around software bugs and module updates.

    Not the 2013 Fit though -- it's going old school with driveshaft failure that will disable the car. Very retro, Honda.

    Over 1,000 of these cars have serious problems with a weakened right front driveshaft that went through a defective heat treatment process during manufacturing. Honda says the driveshaft will likely break when taking off from a stop. You should be able to tell if it happened because of the horrible noise I imagine it makes. Oh, and the inability to move your car should be a dead giveaway.

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  5. Honda may have added a built-in vacuum cleaner to some of its 2014 Odyssey minivans, but what really sucks is that a side curtain airbag might not work.

    Nearly 25,000 Honda Odyssey minivans have been recalled because a shorting terminal, which is used to prevent deployment of the airbag before it is assembled into the vehicle, may have been damaged during installation. That could cause the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) warning light to come on or, worse -- prevent the passenger side-curtain airbag from deploying in a crash.

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  6. If you own a 2008 Accord you might want to think twice about slamming the doors.

    An investigation has been opened into claims that the airbags will deploy when the door is shut with any force. From CarComplaints.com:

    Safety regulators have received 28 complaints alleging the side air bags can deploy when a front door is shut. The government says two injuries have been reported involving the driver or passenger side curtain air bag and the side torso/seat-mounted air bags.

    Sure, you've been hitting the gym more lately but this still shouldn't happen.

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