These Honda Fit models are being recalled a second time to correct a concern of water intrusion into the driver's power window switch that was not completely addressed by the first recall. Water entry into the switch can cause switch failure and possibly a fire. Dealers will inspect the switch, if damage is found the switch will be replaced. If no damage is found the owner will be asked to return at a later date when more replacement parts are available to have the recalled switch replaced.
Honda Fit Recalls
The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system helps to keep the vehicle from skidding out of control when the driver attempts to round a corner faster than conditions will allow. "Yaw" is the rate at which the vehicle is changing direction (left or right) from its forward motion. These Honda Fit vehicles are being recalled because the ESC module may allow an excessive yaw rate under certain conditions, increasing the chances the vehicle will spin. Dealers will update the ESC module software to correct this concern.
One or more of the four spring assemblies on the engine's variable valve timing system may fail. This can cause rough idling and stalling, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the affected spring assemblies. The recall is scheduled to begin March 7, 2011. The Honda recall number is R66.
Honda is recalling certain 2007-2008 Fit vehicles because the low beam headlights may stop working. This is a result of a poor electrical connection at the connector for the low beam headlights. If low beam headlights stop working, the driver's ability to see and be seen will be compromised, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected connector and perform necessary repairs.
Under severe conditions, water may enter through the driver's window and reach the master power window switch, causing overheating and possible failure of the switch. Smoke, melting, and fire could result from the overheating. Dealers will inspect the switch and install a cover around the switch to prevent water entry. The switch will be replaced if damaged and a cover will be installed. The recall began March 19, 2010. The Honda recall number is R28.
In areas were road salt is used, drivers may track the salt water solution into the vehicle. This can damage the airbag wiring under the front carpet, resulting in illumination of the airbag warning light and failure of the occupant detection system (ODS) and the occupant position detection system (OPDS). As a result, in the event of a crash, the passenger side and front airbags may be deployed incorrectly, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect and replace the wire harness as required to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is Q66.
Honda has recalled 2006 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, Acura MDX, RL, RSX, TL, TSX, and 2007 Honda Fit vehicles because the contact information for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is listed incorrectly in the owner's manual. Honda is contacting dealers and customers to provide them with a postcard containing the correct information.