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19th of January 2018

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'); January 18, 2018 at 6:12 pm by Alexander Stoklosa

2018-Honda-Fit-01-placement

Honda’s Fit is aptly named: You can fit much more stuff inside it than in any other subcompact thanks to its boxy shape and multi-way folding rear seats. It also is a strong value, with class-competitive refinement and build quality and a $17,080 base price. The 2018 model adds active safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking as optional or standard equipment on every trim level, further distancing the Fit from its humble competitors. What the Fit doesn’t fit into its mix of capabilities is fun. Although you can get it with a manual gearbox, the Fit is at best pleasant to drive—which is a bit of a disappointment considering that the previous-generation model was more engaging while being equally practical. But if impressive interior space and versatility in a tiny package are what you’re looking for, the Fit is still a car we highly recommend. READ MORE ››

'); January 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm by Clifford Atiyeh and Rusty Blackwell

2001 Honda Accord airbag

The automotive world and beyond is buzzing about the massive airbag recall covering many millions of vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands. Here’s what you need to know about the problem; which vehicles may have the defective, shrapnel-shooting inflator parts from Japanese supplier Takata; and what to do if your vehicle is one of them.

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1/18/2018, 6:00 p.m.: The Associated Press reports that another person has died as a result of a defective Takata airbag. The latest fatality was Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida. According to AP and the lead investigator, Chester T. Everett, she “was struck by metal pieces that burst through the Takata airbag, causing a six-by-three-inch gaping wound to her left temple, a fractured skull, and bruising and bleeding on her brain.” On July 19, 2017, Barker was driving a 2002 Honda Accord at about 30 mph when it collided with a car that had turned left in front of her. The other three occupants in her car, including two children, received no more than minor injuries. This is at least the 22nd death that has resulted from a faulty Takata airbag, many of which have occurred in Hondas of the same vintage.

1/18/2018, 1:00 p.m.: In addition to Toyota and Ford, more automakers have released recall information for Takata’s latest expansion of front-passenger airbag inflators announced on January 8. The additions below include vehicles that have already been recalled for driver’s-side inflators. Owners will be contacted to schedule repairs. Details here. READ MORE ››

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