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Hello!

Sorry for blowing up this forum with a bunch of posts at once-- just have a bunch of questions before I buy!

This is really the biggest one-- the lack of crash tests is a huge hurdle for my peace of mind buying this car. The only data I found at all that relates to the safety of the car is insurance losses by make & model, which look good, but it's not totally clear whether these numbers reflect how limited the distribution of Claritys is.

https://www.iihs.org/ratings/insurance-losses-by-make-and-model

Have you all encountered any data, crash tests, or anything to give a little more peace of mind about the safety of the car? Of course Honda's track record is very good on this, but hoping for something a little more concrete than "well their other cars are safe"

Also-- wondering if anyone can confirm or deny whether the 2018 power loss issue folks have reported has been fixed or is still happening commonly?

Thank you!!
 

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As the Clarity is based on the Accord platform with a heavier GVWR due to the batteries, I'd say you are very safe car like the Accord. I have heard of many accidents, but nothing serious of injury to people...

As for power loss, I have not had an issue with my first year 2018 at 25,000 miles and I would say most everyone here will agree that an issue is rather uncommon since it is a Honda - a Honda made in Japan which again is rare!

If you are worried, purchase the GAP insurance for the finance portion to ease your mind in the event of a total or loss.

Here's the Accord model safety from IIHS:
 

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The reports of power loss seem to be quite rare, I have only seen one report on a Clarity forum by someone who experienced the problem. Most of the complaints are on the NHTSA website, about twenty reported cases on there from what I remember. About 35,000 Clarities have been sold, and while forums like this represent only a small sample of Clarity owners, if it was a widespread problem I think we would be hearing about it more. And from what I remember the person who reported it on this forum was not a regular member, so like most people with a problem they started seeking out information on forums. Again I think if it was a widespread problem among the 35,000 Clarities out there we would have more people coming onto forums like this looking for answers.
 
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