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    Acura Makes Some Upgrades To The 2014 ILX



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    May 13, 2013

    The Acura ILX hasn't set the sales charts on fire since it was launched. Since going on sale last May, total sales of the ILX stand at 19,759 vehicles. In that same time, Buick has moved 47,859 Veranos.

    Acura has announced some changes for the 2014 ILX that will help improve sales. All ILX models will now come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated leather seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, rearview camera, a enhanced sound system with a new subwoofer, and a noise cancellation system. Those who were hoping for some mechanical changes will be disappointed as it appears the ILX lineup will stay pretty much the same.

    Acura isn't saying if any changes will appear on the ILX Hybrid, only stating in a press release that details of that model will appear at a later time.

    Source: Acura

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2014 ACURA ILX LUXURY SPORTS SEDAN ARRIVES WITH HOST OF NEW STANDARD FEATURES, PROVIDING MORE CONTENT AND VALUE

    05/13/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif

    The 2014 Acura ILX luxury sports sedan goes on sale tomorrow with a host of new standard features, further strengthening the gateway vehicle to the Acura brand. Introduced as an all-new model for the 2013 model year, the 2014 Acura ILX offers increased value on a luxury scale with eight new standard features to enhance its curb appeal, interior comfort and overall driving enjoyment.

    The ILX is the only luxury model on the top ten list of Generation Y car shoppers according to J.D. Power and Associates, and the 2014 ILX gets upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, while the interior receives new leather seating surfaces and leatherette door liners, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. The ride experience is further enhanced by a new audio-system subwoofer and an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system that are standard features on the 2014 ILX, which starts at a manufacturer's suggested retail price* (MSRP) of $26,900, an increase of just $1,000.

    Two advanced powertrain choices are available for 2014 ILX, with a standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower. Paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, it has an EPA ** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 24/35/28 mpg. For a more dynamic driving experience, the ILX can be equipped with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission matched to a 2.4-liter engine generating 201 horsepower, and earning an EPA ** city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 22/31/25 mpg. Information on the 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

    The ILX uses 59 percent high strength steel (HSS) in its body structure for enhanced protection and chassis rigidity. The chassis utilizes an advanced, fully independent MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension system and Acura signature Amplitude Reactive Dampers, which offer superior ride comfort and precise handling. In addition, Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is used for excellent steering feel and improved fuel efficiency.

    The high-quality, well-appointed interior is smart, spacious and sporty. It offers a number of convenient features including a standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, along with Pandora® interface and SMS text message function for easy connectivity. As before, a Premium Package and Technology Package are both available.

    Acura's belief in "Safety Through Innovation" is the foundation for the brand's commitment to leadership in safety, and accordingly the ILX has a wide range of standard active and passive safety features, including Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. It received a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), attaining a score of GOOD in all four Institute tests, including the rigorous roof-strength test.

    The Acura ILX is manufactured exclusively at the company's state-of-the-art Greensburg, Indiana plant using U.S. and globally sourced parts.

    TRIM MSRP* EPA** MPG (city/highway/combined)

    2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic $26,900 24/35/28

    2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic w/ Premium Package $29,200 24/35/28

    2014 ILX 5-Speed Automatic w/Technology Package $31,600 24/35/28

    2014 ILX 6-Speed Manual with Premium Package $29,200 22/31/25

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    The most important change there is the active noise cancellation system.... but it's gonna need to be pretty powerful. Shame the interior still screams "Civic Brougham" though..

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    One of the big complaints about the 2.4L option is you could not get it with the tech package. I think that is being remedied. Still not impressed by the suspension tuning though. More engaging than the Buick but not near our 6 year old TSX.

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    Two things... a Luxurious Civic with a slightly bigger engine doesn't really appeal to too many in the USA. Also, not offering an automatic tranny with the premium engine is just plain retarded when 80% of the US driving public doesn't know how to drive a stick. This might be acceptable for, say a Lotus Elise -- a car no one but hard core enthusiasts will even consider -- but for a poshed up Civic? That's plain dumb.

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    Clearly the capitain is asleep at the wheel for steering Acura. They need new blood for cleaning up this house and getting it invigerated.

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    Having sold our 2nd ILX to arrive last year, and been with the car for a year now, it has been interesting to watch.

    The ILX and TSX are still too very different cars, the TSX giving a firmer and more powerful euro feel all around with a more finely tuned interior, and the ILX offering more exterior style, smaller packaging, even more efficient 4-cyl, less weight, more tech features, and lower cost. It took some time to gain traction, like ANY new product, but now really has and all of our ILX clients very much enjoy the car. Almost all are leased, which is common for the class, and you cannot beat the program for the amount of car you get.

    Initially we were concerned how it didn't seem to totally feel like the same caliber as a TSX or TL, but after time realize it isn't supposed to. It's supposed to give a new smaller step into Acura, with more tech and more efficiency. I think it's quieter and smoother than my TSX and just as fun to toss around in an Acura/Honda way.

    Initially too was the commentary on the 2.0L not being enough vs. the 2.4L, but in reality I've had 1-2 people mention this, and everyone else is pleased with the 2.0L exactly as it is. The base model cloth seat car and then more so the next step up Premium with leather, bigger wheels and camera are the volume sellers.

    If there's one combination we need more of...it's the 2.4L 6-spd Premium model, as there's more demand for the 6-spd stick in this car than any of our others, plus the Premium is already the perfect ideal package of leather and everything including screen/camera but not the nav few people want to pay for anyway.

    Now the base model will look exactly like a Premium but without a few features like the fog lights, etc. Good move, though I have some clients who prefer the standard cloth car exactly as it already was. It is NOT a Civic, and from my clients who've replaced Civics with an ILX, that commentary has continued with more they notice day by day.

    Our TSX is slowly fading away, but it too remains a combination of style, performance, looks and euro package/drive that make it unique. The ILX really took over for a lot of it, even with a different feel.

    Give me more and make them 6-speeds and Premiums, and we'll be fine to go, with more updates for later years. This car does not need the rush re-do of the Civic, as it already started many steps ahead and without the issues the 2012 Civic saw. I think over the few years, upgrade the interior further and if the 2.4L is added, that will only do more.

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    Not typically a Japlux fan, but I have like the TL, TSX a lot in their latest gens. They possess the quality feel that i feel Honda abandoned.

    To me the ILX has a different feel, and that feel is probably just as you described it. In some ways, this is the future of motoring as people get less and less connected from the details about hardware. Not to say the ILX probably doesn't drive alright, just that the other things you mentioned are more prominent to the consumer.

    Every mfr needs a car that they can lease cheap and then recycle it as a CPO. And, there is brand entry.

    Acura used to have brand image to each of their models. Legend, etc. These days I just sort of think of them as premium Hondas, but considering how bang up Honda does......to have a premium Honda is a good move. I think Lincoln is trying for the same thing but you know that won't work the same way for them.

    Buick is probably a parallel to Acura.

    A friend has a 13 year old Toyo Solara she might actually be getting rid of. Mentioned leasing, I tried to steer her towards a Verano, or a Mazda. But she is so Japan biased, the ILX is probably right up her alley. Japanese brand, mpg perception.

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    I wonder how Acura stays around and sells cars, they are just badge jobs of Hondas, although Honda has some pretty big fan boys. I can't imagine that RLX will sell in any decent numbers, $60,000 for a 300 hp fwd V6, no thanks. And this is $30k for a Civic. Hopefully the Mercedes CLA puts a hurt on this brand.

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    Acura either needs to wake up and deliver some real cars or just fold up shop and be a footnote in the auto history books.

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    If she likes her Solara, the ILX / Verano / Mazda will be too firm. Probably would like something softer like a Benz

    corolla budget

    would buy a hybrid of some kind if the budget were bigger.

    i'm predicting she ends up in an Altima or Sentra, or a RAV4.

    The suggestion that the Verano might be too firm makes me LOL!

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    Why does that make you LOL? It's a very good handling car and has the firmness to go with it. The Regal is even firmer. The Solara, especially an old one with worn shocks/struts, is a soft cruiser.

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      70,613
      10.1%
      10.1%
      454,160
      439,598
      3.3%
      3.3%
            Honda Total Car Sales
      70,607
      70,350
      0.4%
      0.4%
      458,439
      422,414
      8.5%
      8.5%
            Honda Total Truck Sales
      68,518
      61,059
      12.2%
      12.2%
      394,047
      374,909
      5.1%
      5.1%
              Acura Total Car Sales
      4,452
      5,361
      -17.0%
      -17.0%
      32,555
      37,313
      -12.8%
      -12.8%
              Acura Total Truck Sales
      9,222
      9,554
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
      60,113
      64,689
      -7.1%
      -7.1%
          Total Domestic Car Sales
      69,017
      75,110
      -8.1%
      -8.1%
      457,685
      455,404
      0.5%
      0.5%
            Honda Division
      64,671
      69,964
      -7.6%
      -7.6%
      425,966
      419,534
      1.5%
      1.5%
            Acura Division
      4,346
      5,146
      -15.5%
      -15.5%
      31,719
      35,870
      -11.6%
      -11.6%
          Total Domestic Truck Sales
      77,740
      70,613
      10.1%
      10.1%
      454,160
      439,593
      3.3%
      3.3%
            Honda Division
      68,518
      61,059
      12.2%
      12.2%
      394,047
      374,904
      5.1%
      5.1%
            Acura Division
      9,222
      9,554
      -3.5%
      -3.5%
      60,113
      64,689
      -7.1%
      -7.1%
          Total Import Car Sales
      6,042
      601
      905.3%
      905.3%
      33,309
      4,323
      670.5%
      670.5%
            Honda Division
      5,936
      386
      1,437.8%
      1,437.8%
      32,473
      2,880
      1,027.5%
      1,027.5%
            Acura Division
      106
      215
      -50.7%
      -50.7%
      836
      1,443
      -42.1%
      -42.1%
          Total Import Truck Sales
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
            Honda Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      5
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
            Acura Division
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
           MODEL BREAKOUT BY DIVISION
        Honda Division Total
      139,125
      131,409
      5.9%
      5.9%
      852,486
      797,323
      6.9%
      6.9%
            * ACCORD
      31,946
      34,496
      -7.4%
      -7.4%
      201,300
      190,242
      5.8%
      5.8%
            * CIVIC
      32,952
      31,139
      5.8%
      5.8%
      222,792
      189,440
      17.6%
      17.6%
              CR-Z
      272
      270
      0.7%
      0.7%
      1,477
      1,562
      -5.4%
      -5.4%
            * FIT
      5,432
      4,332
      25.4%
      25.4%
      32,817
      39,966
      -17.9%
      -17.9%
              INSIGHT
      5
      113
      -95.6%
      -95.6%
      53
      1,204
      -95.6%
      -95.6%
                                       CROSSTOUR
      11
      924
      -98.8%
      -98.8%
      713
      5,520
      -87.1%
      -87.1%
            * CR-V
      36,017
      31,785
      13.3%
      13.3%
      195,092
      194,803
      0.1%
      0.1%
              HR-V
      7,394
      5,909
      25.1%
      25.1%
      43,837
      20,050
      118.6%
      118.6%
              ODYSSEY
      11,228
      12,851
      -12.6%
      -12.6%
      75,889
      75,487
      0.5%
      0.5%
              PILOT
      10,350
      9,584
      8.0%
      8.0%
      72,524
      78,540
      -7.7%
      -7.7%
              RIDGELINE
      3,518
      6
      58,533.3%
      58,533.3%
      5,992
      509
      1,077.2%
      1,077.2%
                                    ***  Memo: Accord FHEV
      565
      1,481
      -61.9%
      -61.9%
      830
      7,888
      -89.5%
      -89.5%
                  Memo: Accord PHEV
      0
      1
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      60
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                  Memo: Civic Hybrid
      60
      463
      -87.0%
      -87.0%
      767
      2,727
      -71.9%
      -71.9%
          Acura Division Total
      13,674
      14,915
      -8.3%
      -8.3%
      92,668
      102,002
      -9.2%
      -9.2%
              ILX
      1,201
      1,613
      -25.5%
      -25.5%
      9,659
      10,084
      -4.2%
      -4.2%
              NSX
      21
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      23
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
              RLX / RL
      106
      213
      -50.2%
      -50.2%
      833
      1,413
      -41.0%
      -41.0%
              TL
      0
      3
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      0
      84
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
              TLX
      3,124
      3,530
      -11.5%
      -11.5%
      22,037
      25,702
      -14.3%
      -14.3%
              TSX
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
      3
      30
      -90.0%
      -90.0%
                                      MDX
      4,902
      4,977
      -1.5%
      -1.5%
      29,517
      34,397
      -14.2%
      -14.2%
              RDX
      4,320
      4,577
      -5.6%
      -5.6%
      30,596
      30,290
      1.0%
      1.0%
              ZDX
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
                                    ***  Memo: ILX Hybrid
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      1
      19
      -94.7%
      -94.7%
                  Memo: RLX Hybrid
      11
      28
      -60.7%
      -60.7%
      115
      147
      -21.8%
      -21.8%
                  Memo: TSX Wagon
      0
      0
      0.0%
      0.0%
      0
      2
      -100.0%
      -100.0%
          Selling Days
      26
      26
          178
      178
                **** Hybrid
      934
      2,356
      60.4%
      60.4%
      3,266
      13,607
      76.0%
      76.0%
                *    Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
          **   Daily Selling Rate
          ***  Memo line items are included in the respective model total
          **** Hybrid includes FHEV, PHEV, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, ILX Hybrid, RLX Hybrid, RLX Sport Hybrid, and NSX
       
    • By William Maley
      American Honda Reports June Sales Increase, Setting New Records for Light Trucks
        Jul 1, 2016 AHM and Honda Division set new June sales records for light trucks as the all-new 2017 Ridgeline launches Honda CR-V leads with new June sales record Honda cars continue to show gains, with across-the-board increases in June Acura NSX deliveries begin and the redesigned 2017 Acura MDX hits the market American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported June sales of 138,715 Honda and Acura vehicles, a year-over-year increase of 3.2 percent and a new June record for light trucks which gained 2.2 percent on sales of 68,780. Honda division trucks also set a new June record, jumping 6.6 percent on sales of 61,469 vehicles while Honda cars enjoyed an even greater increase, rising 7.7 percent on sales of 65,894 units. Acura division sales totaled 11,352 in June, a decrease of 26.9 percent versus last year. Total American Honda six-month sales of Honda and Acura vehicles are up 5.2 percent versus year-ago results.   Honda Continued robust demand for both cars and light trucks pushed the Honda brand to strong June results, including a new June record for trucks and substantial gains for Honda cars. On the truck side, sales of CR-V reached a new all-time June record, while Pilot and Odyssey each made notable gains for the month and the all-new 2017 Ridgeline got off to a strong start in its first weeks on the market. The hot-selling Civic nearly reached 32,000 sales while Accord topped 28,000 for the month, with added support from the just-launched 2017 Accord Hybrid. The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup notched a robust 2,472 sales after just over one week on the market.   CR-V, America's best-selling SUV over the past 20 years, set a new June sales record, rising 4.5 percent on sales of 29,615 units. The 10th-generation Civic lit up the compact car segment with another double-digit gain, posting sales of 31,810 for a gain of 10.7 percent in June. Accord posted a 4.8 percent increase for the month on sales of 28,806 as Honda celebrated the 40th birthday of the model, America's best-selling car over the past 40 years. The award-winning Accord lineup was joined this month by the all-new 2017 Accord Hybrid, boasting the highest EPA fuel economy ratings and most horsepower of any midsize hybrid sedan. "With the all new Ridgeline pickup and the redesigned Accord Hybrid back in the lineup, we're continuing to expand and strengthen our portfolio as we look toward a third straight year of record results," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division.   Acura After the recent sell-down of 2016 RDX and MDX and 2017 models starting to fill the pipeline, Acura posted a 26.9 percent decline in June on sales 11,352 vehicles. With a newly refreshed 2017 Acura MDX hitting the ground and a special summer sales campaign launching soon, Acura looks toward an improving summer sales picture.   "With initial deliveries of the NSX under way and the redesigned 2017 MDX now hitting showrooms, we're looking ahead to a strong second half of the year," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division.  
    • By William Maley
      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an urgent warning to owners of certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura model to stop driving them due to these models being equipped with Takata airbags.
       
      Lab tests done by NHTSA revealed that the airbag inflator in these vehicles have a 50 percent chance of the bag rupturing, causing metal shards to enter the interior and possibly injuring or even killing a person.
       
      "With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately. Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
       
      The vehicles involved include,
      2001-2002 Honda Accord 2001-2002 Honda Civic 2002 Honda CR-V 2002 Honda Odyssey 2003 Honda Pilot 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL 2003 Acura 3.2CL According to NHTSA, there 313,000 vehicles that need to have their airbags replaced. 
      One of the main causes for the rupturing is moisture getting inside the inflator. Vehicles in high humid areas such as Florida are susceptible to this.
       
      In a statement, Honda agreed with NHTSA's findings and urged owners to get their vehicles to a dealer as soon as possible.
       
      Source: Reuters, NHTSA
       
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    • By William Maley
      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an urgent warning to owners of certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura model to stop driving them due to these models being equipped with Takata airbags.
       
      Lab tests done by NHTSA revealed that the airbag inflator in these vehicles have a 50 percent chance of the bag rupturing, causing metal shards to enter the interior and possibly injuring or even killing a person.
       
      "With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately. Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
       
      The vehicles involved include,
      2001-2002 Honda Accord 2001-2002 Honda Civic 2002 Honda CR-V 2002 Honda Odyssey 2003 Honda Pilot 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL 2003 Acura 3.2CL

      According to NHTSA, there 313,000 vehicles that need to have their airbags replaced.
       
      One of the main causes for the rupturing is moisture getting inside the inflator. Vehicles in high humid areas such as Florida are susceptible to this.
       
      In a statement, Honda agreed with NHTSA's findings and urged owners to get their vehicles to a dealer as soon as possible.
       
      Source: Reuters, NHTSA
       
      Press Release is on Page 2


       
      NHTSA: New test data on particular subset of Takata air bag inflators shows substantially higher risk
      NHTSA calls on news media and public to assist in finding unrepaired high-risk vehicles

      WASHINGTON – New test data on a particular subset of defective Takata air bag inflators in certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment, prompting an urgent call from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.
       
      “With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately, free of charge.”
       
      The higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:
      2001-2002 Honda Civic 2001-2002 Honda Accord 2002-2003 Acura TL 2002 Honda CR-V 2002 Honda Odyssey 2003 Acura CL 2003 Honda Pilot

      The air bag inflators in these particular vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture when a crash causes the air bag to deploy. Ruptures are far more likely in inflators in vehicles that have spent significant periods of time in areas of high absolute humidity—particularly Florida, Texas, other parts of the Gulf Coast, and Southern California. Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting.
       
      The vehicles in question were recalled between 2008 and 2011. Honda has reported that more than 70 percent of this higher-risk population of vehicles has already been repaired, but approximately 313,000 vehicles with this very dangerous defect remain unrepaired. The risk posed by the airbag inflators in these vehicles is grave, and it is critical they be repaired now to avoid more deaths and serious injuries.
       
      NHTSA and Honda are asking for the news media and public’s assistance to find the remaining unrepaired vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles should immediately visit SaferCar.gov to check whether their vehicle has any outstanding safety recalls. Those that do should contact their nearest dealer to schedule a no-cost immediate repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available immediately.
       
      “The air bag inflators in this particular group of vehicles pose a grave danger to drivers and passengers that must be fixed right away,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. "Drivers should visit SaferCar.gov or contact their local dealer to check whether their vehicle is affected. If it is, they should have the vehicle repaired immediately for free at an authorized dealer. We commend Honda for taking additional actions to get these vehicles repaired.”
       
      Though the vehicles are already under recall, NHTSA ordered Takata to perform additional ballistic testing following recent reports of ruptures. Eight of the 10 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to Takata ruptures — including the most recent in Fort Bend County, Texas — were in this population of vehicles.
       
      Honda has committed to immediately taking additional actions to enhance their efforts to find and fix recalled vehicles. Honda will provide additional information about their efforts. NHTSA has also directed Honda to report weekly on the progress of vehicle repairs.
       
      NHTSA is also expanding its own direct consumer outreach, including a paid media campaign and a series of outreach events in high-risk areas this summer. NHTSA has also engaged the vehicle insurance industry to help locate the unremedied vehicles.
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