A Honda owner has petitioned the government to look into some bizarre and dangerous power steering issues in the 2013 Accord.
The owner claims the car suddenly pulls to the side without any warning. And he's not alone. There are hundreds of steering complaints about wonky steering behavior, particularly in the the 2013 model year.…
If your fire extinguisher shot out liquid propane when you needed to put out a flame, you’d be surprised.
If your door lock opened in the middle of the night just because it was windy out, you’d be confused. It’s scary when the things that are supposed to protect you fail.
This is where we're at with Honda's airbags. These clouds of safety have turned into a stormy nightmare (and I'm not even talking about the Takata mess).…
how did Honda get off without having to fix the problem?
By telling NHTSA what they wanted to hear:
- They said the issue can be traced to early production issues with torque sensors. Issues that were "quickly" resolved. No word on just how quick we're talking about here.
- They said most of those faulty sensors have already kicked the bucket ... at least they think. So nothing to worry about here, right?
Well, NHTSA agreed. They said power steering failure was a "declining trend" and didn't warrant a recall. But of course they had to get one last jab under the ribs of owners:
"The closing of [the investigation] does not constitute a determination that no defect exists."
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.
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.