All companies cut corners. Honda's in the early 2000-2003 had faulty transmissions that failed
prematurely (70-80K miles). Do a interweb search to read many cases of failure in accord, odyssey.
I had a 2000 Accord and when the transmission failed 6 months after the warranty, Honda did nothing. The rep just came up with a bunch of excuses.
My 2000 Accord got a flashing D at around 75K miles (had to reset the red Service light in order to have the car run again, but it'll come back on a week later, esp when it was really cold outside. I still remember on the day I brought the car in for trading, I had to reset that red service light to make sure it wouldn't come back on so the dealer would see it). I got lucky by trading it in for a $3k credit (my county offers that much for 10-year plus older cars traded in for new car purchase). And mind you, I changed the transmission fluid like clockwork every 30K.
I think after that incident, Honda switched their transmissions back to Made in Japan. That Accord is my first and last Honda.
And the best brake override system is already in your car - it's called neutral
Not with cars that have electronic controls. That's the problem. When the system goes haywire (as it did with the fatal CHP family Lexus incident) NOTHING works to stop it because almost nothing in modern cars is mechanically connected to the thing it's controlling - it's all electronic. So when this happened, none of the "common sense" stuff worked, because the electronics connecting everything was haywire.
That's why they're offering this mechanical override (which is standard equipment in Europe - another reason Toyota was busted, they took it out for the US market to save some pennies). It offers a *mechanical* failsafe that can shut the car down in a runaway emergency.
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