National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
Honda Recalls Fits To Boost Crash Resistance
Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.
The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and initially it flunked a key front-end crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The test simulates a 40 mph crash between the front corner of a car and a utility pole.
Honda engineers strengthened the welds on the beams so energy from a crash would be spread over the entire front of the car. That got the Fit an “Acceptable” rating in a second test, and earned it a “Top Safety Pick” designation.
Honda strengthened the bumpers at the factory and is voluntarily recalling all 2015 Fits now on the road in North America.