New Vehicles For Aging, Shrinking Population

New vehicles for aging, shrinking population

Japanese engineers and industry officials have staged an event in Tokyo featuring ultra-small electric vehicles aimed at seniors. The move comes as the aging population has led to a rise in fatal accidents caused by elderly drivers.

The EVs have maximum speeds of about 60 kilometers per hour. Some are equipped with sensors that detect obstacles. Ministry officials say they may offer subsidies to help the spread of the vehicles.

Honda To Recall 1.6m Vehicles, Finish Takata Airbag Recalls Early

Honda to recall 1.6M vehicles, finish Takata airbag recalls early

DETROIT — Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators, completing its required recalls six months ahead of schedule, the automaker said Friday. When the latest recall is done, Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles. Takata inflators can explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-four people have been killed and hundreds injured by the inflators worldwide. Honda was Takata's largest customer. The Japanese company, which was forced into bankruptcy by the troubles, used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the air bags. But the chemical deteriorates when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and can burn too fast, blowing apart the canister designed to contain the explosion. The recalls include many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015. All received replacement inflators made by Takata before February 2017 and were scheduled to be recalled a second time to replace those with inflators made by another company. Affected Honda models include the 2001-2012 Accord, the 2010-2015 Crosstour, the 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, the 2011-2015 CR-Z, the 2003-2011 Element, the 2007-2014 Fit, the 2010-2014 Insight, the 2002-2004 Odyssey, the 2003-2015 Pilot and the 2006-2014 Ridgeline.

Acura models include the 2003 3.2CL, the 2013 ILX, the 2003-2006 MDX, the 2015 RDX, the 2005-2012 RL, the 2002-2003 3.2TL, the 2009-2014 TL, the 2009-2014 TSX, and the 2010-2013 ZDX. Honda said it has completed repairs or accounted for 83 percent of the vehicles, among the highest in the auto industry. Some of the inflators have been found in scrap yards or the vehicles are no longer in use. Owners will be notified by letters starting in mid-August, and Honda is urging people to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Nineteen automakers are recalling about 70 million inflators in what has become the largest string of automotive recalls in U.S. history. The recalls are taking place on a schedule set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalls do not include inflators that have a moisture-absorbing chemical. The government will decide by the end of this year whether those should be recalled.

New Toyota Vehicles Will Feature Auto-engine Shut Off And Auto-park

New Toyota Vehicles Will Feature Auto-Engine Shut Off And Auto-Park


Toyota Motor North America has announced two new feature updates for its lineup which include Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park. The company says that these features will be available with most model year 2020 vehicles. The former will ensure that if the vehicle is left running for a predetermined period of time, the engine will automatically be shut off. Auto-Park will ensure that if the driver leaves the car without putting it in car, the car will either automatically shift or apply the parking brake.

The automatic engine shut off feature will have an enhanced audible and visual warning. It will shut off the engine automatically after the car notices that the engine has been left running for a predetermined period of time.

Honda To Recall 1.1 Million U.s. Vehicles To Re-replace Takata Airbags

Honda to recall 1.1 million U.S. vehicles to re-replace Takata airbags

Honda said on Tuesday it would recall about 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States to re-replace defective Takata airbags on the driver's side. The company said it was aware of one injury linked to the defect that may have caused the airbag to rupture when it was deployed in a crash. The vehicles involved in the recall were previously repaired using specific Takata desiccated replacement inflators (PSDI-5D) or entire replacement airbag modules containing these inflators. "Those replacement inflators," Honda said in a statement, "are now deemed defective." Free repairs of the recalled cars would begin immediately in the United States with replacement parts made by alternate suppliers, Honda said. Honda became aware of the issue after a Honda Odyssey crash, where the front airbag deployed and injured the driver's arm. An investigation later showed that manufacturing issues at Takata's Mexico facility introduced excessive moisture into the inflator during assembly, leading to the problem. The total number of recalled inflators is now about 21 million in about 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles that have been subject to recall for replacing Takata front airbag inflators in the United States, the company said. Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018, as companies have ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement.