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Honda to add safety equipment on most U.S. models



Reuters / October 29, 2003

DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co. Ltd., in a bid to become a leader in car safety, on Wednesday said it will add several safety features as standard equipment on most of its vehicles sold in the United States by the end of 2006.

"Currently, our image is very high in safety standards, right up there with Volvo and Mercedes," said Dan Bonawitz, vice president of Honda's U.S. operations. "We want to make sure we take these steps to stay ahead."

All Honda and Acura vehicles will be equipped with side curtain air bags as well as traditional side airbags and anti-lock brakes by the end of 2006, Honda said. Three low-volume models -- the Insight hybrid car and the Acura NSX and Honda S2000 sports cars -- will be excluded from the program.

Honda will also equip light trucks, including SUVs and minivans, with its vehicle stability assist system to improve handling, and sensors to trigger side curtain airbags if the vehicle is about to roll over.

In addition, to address growing concerns of deadly crashes between large SUVs and smaller cars, Honda will use a new body structure to better protect vehicle occupants while reducing the risks to other vehicles.

Honda's new advanced compatibility engineering structure, which uses a redesigned front-end structure to disperse energy in a crash over a larger area, will be rolled out on all new vehicle platforms over the next six to seven years. The Honda Odyssey minivan and the Acura RL sedan will be the first U.S. models with the new technology.

As part of Honda's concept to offer "safety for everyone," a tagline which may be used in upcoming advertising campaigns, the Japanese automaker will add features to future models that reduce injuries to pedestrians in car crashes. Honda already sells eight models, with U.S. sales of 2 million vehicles, that have pedestrian-friendly features such as breakaway windshield wiper pivots, deformable hood hinges, and energy-absorbing hoods.

Unlike Honda, as U.S. car sales have grown more competitive, some automakers have reduced the amount of standard equipment on vehicles to cut costs and compete on price. Last year, General Motors decided to make anti-lock brakes and side air bags an option on many models, rather than standard equipment.

Bonawitz declined to say how much the safety measures will cost. But Honda may have to raise car prices or cut its profit margins to compensate, he said.

"There may need to be price increases to cover some or part of what we do," he said. "In the long run, we'll sell more cars by providing safety for everyone on the road."
 

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That is good news!

I just don't understand why they aren't putting curtain airbags on the S2000..?:bonk: :D :2:
 

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Here is another report

As you can see, we missed the VSC and couple of other things...:(

Honda to Add Safety Equipment

The Daily Auto Insider
Thursday, October 30, 2003
October 2003


Honda says it plans to apply "advanced safety technologies" to the full range of Honda and Acura products over the next several years, the company said in a news release.

Honda said will add the following equipment:


All Honda and Acura vehicles, with the exception of a small number of specialty vehicles, will get Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Anti-Lock Brakes as standard equipment before the end of calendar year 2006.
All Honda and Acura light trucks, including all SUVs and minivans, will be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and rollover sensors for side curtain airbag deployment before the end of calendar year 2006.
Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, offering enhanced occupant protection with reduced aggressivity toward other vehicles, will be applied to all new vehicle platforms in the U.S. and globally over the next six to seven years. The 2005 model Honda Odyssey minivan and Acura RL sedan will be the first U.S. models to carry this new technology.
Honda says it will further expand the use of features designed to reduce injuries to pedestrians from the current industry-leading eight models.
 

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Safety for Everyone

check this out:
Safety for Everyone

:10: gotta love honda :4:

i can just imagine it now....a civic DX with front, side and curtain airbags and ABS...STANDARD.... :eek: :D

:( we should have waited for MY2006 so we can get VSA and side curtains....rats....
 

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Re: Safety for Everyone

iivtecracerii said:

:( we should have waited for MY2006 so we can get VSA and side curtains....rats....
I assume you are being sarcastic? :confused:
 

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Speaking of Safety. Check out this link
NCAP Ratings Guess who got the highest ratings???:D
 

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Re: Safety for Everyone

iivtecracerii said:
check this out:
Safety for Everyone

:( we should have waited for MY2006 so we can get VSA and side curtains....rats....
They only said by the end of the calendar year 2006. That means they "could" add them before. The PILOT is in good shape because the MDX already has all that, and with the 2004 Highlander having all these available, maybe Honda will step up and add them for the 2005 model year. :8:
 
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