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.