Honda recalling about 1.35 million Fit models globally

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2010

Honda announced today that it will recall almost 1.35 million Fit subcompacts globally in order to repair some defective wiring in the headlights. Although, according to a Honda spokesman, no accidents were reported from the defect it appears that the recalled vehicles were built at Honda's Suzuka factory in Japan between November 2001 and October 2007.

About 735,000 units will be recalled in Japan, where the Fit is the second most popular car after the Toyota Prius. About 143,000 Fit models will be recalled in the United States, while in Europe the Japanese manufacturer will recall 385,000 units.

For those who don’t know, the model is called the Jazz on the European market. Moreover, the car will also be recalled in the Middle East but also in Asia and Africa.

The recall will cost Honda about 3.6 billion yen ($43 million) in Japan and it could have negligible impact on Honda's earnings.

Honda made a critical announcement for Honda Fit owners in December 2010. According to the announcement, the company will be recalling all Honda Fit units manufactured during the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Beginning January 2011, Honda sent out notifications to affected customers, who were then encouraged to drive their Honda Fits to the nearest authorized dealer. This was part of Honda’s initiative to repair the wiring harness terminals and connectors in the affected vehicles.

Customers who were able to demonstrate defects or damage to the connectors after years of use had their headlight switch replaced with a new one.

Owners were also encouraged to visit www.recalls.honda.com or to call the 1-800 line, (800) 999-1099 for clarifications on whether or not their vehicles require immediate attention by qualified Honda repair personnel. Honda said that the notifications and repairs were part of the company’s obligations to ensure the safety of its loyal customers.

Press Release

Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Headlight Switch Recall for the 2007–2008 Honda Fit

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will recall approximately 143,083 model year 2007 and 2008 Honda Fit vehicles to avoid the potential loss of low-beam headlight functionality.

Due to a problem with the routing of the wiring harness for the headlight control switch, the plating on the wiring harness connectors for the low-beam circuit can become worn after repeated use. Worn plating on the connectors could result in corrosion and cause the connector to overheat and fail, resulting in a loss of low-beam headlight functionality. The high-beam headlight circuit and function are not affected. No accidents or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

Owners of model-year 2007 and 2008 Honda Fit vehicles will receive notification to bring the vehicle to a Honda dealer for inspection. If needed, the dealer will replace the wiring harness terminal, and the wiring harness connector will be secured in place. If any signs of damage in the connector exist, the dealer will replace the headlight switch.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda that their vehicle requires repair. Notification to customers will start in January 2011.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, after January 2011, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going online or by calling Honda. Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.

Topics: honda, honda fit, recall

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