Due to a damaged shorting terminal internal to the air bag, the passenger side curtain air bag may not properly deploy as commanded in a crash. Dealers will replace the damaged shorting pin with a new shorting coupler free of charge to resolve the concern.
The affected vehicles are being recalled because a fuel leak can develop from the area of the fuel pump strainer cover. Parts to permanently repair this concern are not yet available. Honda will first send owners an interim letter, followed by a second letter when the remedy parts become available. Parts are expected to be available beginning in the summer of 2014. Vehicles currently leaking fuel from the pump cover will get a replacement using the part currently available. All recalled vehicles will receive a revised cover once the part becomes available.
The tire beads may have been damaged by assembly equipment at the time the vehicle was assembled. Dealers will inspect the tires and replaced any damaged ones free of charge to resolve the problem.
The vehicles being recalled are equipped with a vehicle control system designed to help prevent the vehicle from skidding if a turning maneuver that is to aggressive for the road conditions is attempted. A combination of system components and software may apply the brakes unexpectedly. The vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind. Remedy parts will not be available until the spring of 2014. Owners of affected vehicles will receive and interim letter notifying them of the issue and instructs on how to prevent unintended braking. A second notification will be sent when the parts become available.
Due to electrical interference the airbag control module may fail causing inadvertent deployment of the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners. Unexpected airbag deployment can result in personal injury and/or a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a suppressor unit to limit the electrical interference to the airbag control module to correct this concern.
The pistons are one of the main components in the lower section of the engine, there is one piston inside of each cylinder. It is possible that some pistons were not properly heat treated during their manufacturing process. This would reduce the hardness of the metal making it more susceptible to premature wear. A worn piston may fail unexpectedly causing the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the lower part of the engine assembly, the "short block", to correct this concern.
On certain Accord models, the fuel tank may not have been manufactured correctly. The area of concern is the mounting location for the fuel pump. As a result a fuel leak may develop, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank and fuel pump seal to correct this concern.
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.
The braking system uses an assist device called a brake booster. These vehicles use a brake booster that is operated by engine vacuum and in certain cases the booster may not be able to maintain a vacuum when the brake pedal is depressed. This will result in reduced braking assistance, requiring additional force on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. Dealers will inspect the brake booster and replace it as necessary.
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.