Auto News for July 1 – Don’t Drive Your Older Model Honda/Acura

As mentioned here yesterday, auto makers will report today on June sales. So please check back a bit later for a full report ahead of your 4th of July fireworks.

New test data of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment, prompting an urgent call from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that unrepaired vehicles are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.

“With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”

The higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:

2001-2002 Honda Civic

2001-2002 Honda Accord

2002-2003 Acura TL

2002 Honda CR-V

2002 Honda Odyssey

2003 Acura CL

2003 Honda Pilot

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Tesla’s self-driving feature after a fatal accident in Florida. Tesla said this was the “first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated.” A Tesla Model S collided with a semi that had turned left in front of the car at an intersection. Apparently, neither the auto pilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the truck against a bright sky so the brakes were not applied. The crash claimed the life of the Tesla driver, a 40-year-old man. The company said even with the Autopilot engaged, the driver should be prepared to take over at any time. NHTSA said it has opened a “preliminary evaluation” of the matter.

Ford wants you to know it has now sold more than 1 million F-150 pickups with EcoBoost engines. It said EcoBoost is “delivering the value, capability and performance” customers want while delivering better fuel economy. This fall, Ford will offer a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost with an all-new 10 speed automatic transmission and best in class 450 lb-ft of torque.

On average customers paid $33,652 for a new light vehicle last month as new car prices rose $655 over the past year, according to Kelley Blue Book. Full size trucks now average $47,000 while mid-size trucks cost, on average, close to $32,000. Average transaction prices rose 4 percent at GM, nearly that amount at Fiat Chrysler, and an even 4 at Ford.

Special Edition Dodge Vipers that mark the 25th anniversary of the brand and its final production year are now sold out. All 31 units of the VooDoo II Edition were spoken for within two hours, while the ACR model sold out in just 40 minutes. The Snakeskin Edition and the GTS-R models were gone within two days. They certainly will be of great value to auto collectors.




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