February 12, 2004

Honda Canada announces more safety initiatives

Toronto, Ontario – Honda Canada announced plans to expand its vehicle safety
features in all Honda models by 2006. Over the next several years, Honda and Acura
vehicles will be equipped with advanced safety technologies in an effort to provide
high levels of safety protection for all its customers and road users. These
technologies will include:

  • All Honda and Acura vehicles, with the exception of a small number of

    specialty vehicles, will get Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and

    Anti-Lock Brakes as standard equipment before the end of calendar year


  • All Honda and Acura light trucks, including all SUVs and minivans, will

    be equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and rollover sensors for

    side curtain airbag deployment before the end of calendar year 2006.

  • Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure,

    offering enhanced occupant protection with reduced “aggressivity” toward

    other vehicles, will be applied to all new vehicle platforms in Canada and

    globally over the next six to seven years. The new 2005 model Honda Odyssey

    minivan and 2005 Acura RL sedan will be the first models to carry this new


  • In its efforts to improve safety for all road users, Honda will further

    expand the use of features designed to reduce injuries to pedestrians from

    a current eight models (Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V Element,

    Pilot, Acura RSX, TSX, TL).

“We want to provide all our customers with top level safety for all

vehicles, regardless of size or price,” said Shigeru Takagi, president and

CEO of Honda Canada, Inc.

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