Honda and Toyota have long lived inside this bubble of assurance, but now it’s been burst. For so long Japan has lived with the notion that their vehicles are the absolute best when it comes to quality and quality control, but now these notions have been seriously shattered. Honda has recalled 646,000 Fit and City models worldwide, with 140,000 Fit models being recalled in the US alone, and Toyota has recalled several different models because of sticking pedals, slipping floor mats and now braking problems.
The Toyota problem has gotten so bad that the Energy and Commerce Committee is calling a hearing to discuss the problem, and the recalls are just tanking the already fledgling automobile industry. The auto transport industry is suffering too because people don’t want to buy a new car that has the added option of exploding at a moment’s notice, and Toyota’s US production has already cost the company billions in lost sales and production shutdowns. But Honda’s recall, on top of Toyota’s…things are looking worse and worse for the Japanese automaker cabal, and they’re just going to get worse and worse if nothing is done to fix it.