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Presenting,... the 2010 Honda Deathtrap! - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Presenting,... the 2010 Honda Deathtrap!
I'm early in my third year of owning my first-ever import. It's close to 40 years since I first took a wheel, over 35 since I first bought one on my own, and until Kermit (he's a hybrid, and thus it's easy for him to be green), they'd all been domestics.  Mostly Fords, a few GMs and an ill-fated Dodge.  This one's been reliable, good on gas, and other than its maintenance schedule and nags being, well, naggy, I've been pleased.  The only recall I ever got on him was in my first year, his fourth- a computer module needed replacing and was done quickly and at no cost.

Then came yesterday's mail.

Honda has decided that a defect which relates to motor safety exists in certain  2010-2014 model year Insight vehicles.

ORLY? Do tell.

The defect in these vehicles could kill or injure you or other people in your vehicle.

Thanks for the bold.  What's the deal?

....the driver's front airbag inflator could produce excessive internal rupture upon deployment. If an affected airbag deploys the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture (break apart)....

Thanks. I speak English. (The Spanish on the back is just as patronizing about se rompa.)

...fragmentos metálicos podrian pasar  a través del material cojín de la bolsa de aire, causando posiblemente lesiones o la muerte a los ocupantes del vehículo.

Oops. Forgot to turn the page back over. But you get the basics. Like lesiones, or la muerte.  As in mi muerte. 


Past ruptures like this have killed and injured vehicle drivers.

Yeah. I see that. You sent out the identical recall on some other models in 2011. Nice of you getting around to us now two years after I bought the fucking car.

The remedy parts to conduct driver's airbag inflator recalls will  become available in the Summer of 2016. Honda will send you another letter when parts become available to repair your vehicle.

And until then?

Until parts become available for repairs, please feel free discuss your specific needs and concerns with your dealer, including the provision of, or reimbursement for, temporary alternative transportation, as necessary.

I suspect use of the word "free" in that sentence was some kind of irony.  But yeah, once I figure out who, exactly my dealer is- the nearest one where I've had one repair done, or the one in Rochester who originally sold it named, no lie, Dick Ide Honda- I'm sure they're down on letting me have a free loaner for three or four months with the driving I do.

In the meantime, I'm reminded of advice once rendered by one of my dearest friends after a particularly bad string of late 90s car accidents:

Maybe you should just take the bus.

However you say that in Spanish:P
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angledge From: angledge Date: April 1st, 2016 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Tal vez se debe tomar el autobús.

In related news, my new(-to-me) 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck also got a bunch of recalls for airbags. I think it all goes back to the same airbag supplier, whose name I am too lazy to Google, since I already Googled that Spanish translation up there.
liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: April 1st, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is this the famous shrapnel-producing airbags? Or a fresh novel hell?
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