September 8, 2011

Honda PH recalls over 19,000 units for window problem

Following the announcement on Monday that some of Honda’s Jazz, City and CR-V models had a faulty power window master switch assembly, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) began sending letters of notice on Tuesday to owners of models included in the recall. The company said that 19,143 units of Jazz (2005-2007), City (2006-2008) and CR-V (2005-2006) had to have faulty window switch with countermeasure parts. "The silicon component commonly found in air fresheners or automotive cleaning agents, etc. enters into the power window master switch. This accelerates wear in the contact area and over time, wear particles accumulate between the power source and ground of the unit switch. The resin material of the unit switch is then heated and carbonized. This may cause smoke and in worst case, partial burning of the window switch cover," HCPI explained in its press statement. It said that the replacement of affected parts will be carried out in 28 authorized dealers and three service centers nationwide, free of charge and will take no more than 30 minutes. Though there are still no accidents or injuries reported related to this defect, Honda's local arm said the voluntary recall is part of its safety measures. HCPI also assured that owners of Jazz, City and CR-V models not included in the list, as well as those who own Civic, Accord, Pilot, Odyssey and HR-V, are not affected and have no reason to worry.


September 1, 2011

2011 Toyota Sequoia

For one of the most reliable manufacturer names in the industry, style and class, and a great safety packed SUV, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia is a great choice for all consumers looking for a top of the line SUV today. Although it is a little on the pricier end, with the base model coming in at $40,030, it is well worth it if you want a quality and powerful SUV. It features a massive interior space with roomy seating, even in the third row seats, an extremely quiet and smooth ride on the highway, offers quick acceleration, and offers a high towing capacity.

The SR5 base model offers a powerful 4.6 liter, V8 engine, with an automatic transmission. Although not the best in gas mileage, getting 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway, it is still comparable with other SUVs as far as gas mileage. It features Bluetooth wireless technologies, a 4 wheel drive, iPod input connections, satellite radio, side and curtain airbags, a navigation system, stability and traction control, and fold-down third row seats. So, although it is at a high price range, the features on the inside are luxurious features, and the safety features are at the top of the industry standards.

There are several prices for the 2011 Toyota Sequoia starting with the base, and going all the way up to the Platinum FFV model, with a price tag of $60,405. This model offers a much more powerful engine at 5.7 liters, V8 flex-fuel engine, with an automatic transmission. It also adds in a DVD player, leather interior seats, additional cargo space, all-season tires, touch-screen navigation system, heated and adjustable front seats, automatic transmission, and all the interior class you can imagine. So if you want luxury, class, style, and most importantly optimal safety for you and your family, the Platinum FFV might come at a cost, but you won't be sorry about the purchase. Not only that, it offers a great re-sale value on the market as well.

With a more powerful 310 horsepower engine than its previous 2010 model, additional safety features added in, the ability to reach 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds, which is comparable to a sedan style car, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia will not disappoint consumers; either in style, interior luxury and the roomiest interior seating, style, the safest and smoothest ride available, and the ever trusted Toyota named backing up its performance features. So, when considering your next new SUV purchase, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia should be a great contender for any consumer searching for a new SUV, especially if you want luxury features, for much less than most luxury SUVs (Lexus, BMW, or Mercedes) today; and still, you get the luxury features those vehicles offer.

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