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Honda and Toyota Recalling 1,200,000 Vehicles

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Honda just announced a major car recall due to faulty brake systems. The company is concerned that owners using brands of brake fluid other than Honda’s own may experience problems resulting in a fluid leak, degrading the brake system’s performance. This affects 470,000 Odysseys and Acura RLs, made from 2005 to 2007.

A few days ago, Toyota announced a similar recall, affecting 740,000 Avalons, Highlanders, and several Lexus models.

In January, I thought I could use the band news about Toyota recalls to my investment advantage. After some recall announcements, I purchased shares at TM because I thought it would be at a discount; car manufacturers announce recalls all the time, and I thought the price after a good company’s bad news would not reflect its true value.

The investment has not paid off yet. My purchase was only 10 shares, and it was more of an experiment than an investing strategy. I was reasonably sure I wouldn’t lose all of the money, and I haven’t so far. The stock price was briefly ahead of my purchase price in March, but it hasn’t recovered since.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Apex

Nice disclosure.

It’s always nice to see someone willing to disclose actions that have not worked out as they hoped. It’s easy to say when you predicted something and were right. Declaring a prediction after it has come true (what I like to call a postdiction) is about as impressive as walking, yet many love to do it.

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avatar eric ♦1,549 (Half-Dollar)

Well thankfully my Acura model isn’t affected. Plus, I always use Honda oil for changes. Still seems a bit scary though.

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avatar Apex

This is not engine oil, its brake fluid.

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avatar Jenna

Do a lot of people buy “discounted” stocks after recalls or bad PR events of companies?

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