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Recall 13V157000

Updated Software Available for ESC Module

Brakes, April 24, 2013
Affected Cars

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

Due to a programming concern, the electronic stability control (ESC) may not function as expected.

What Should You Do?

Honda will notifying owners of affected vehicles beginning May 17, 2013. If you are not notified and feel you should have been, please contact your local dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Honda recall numbers are S99.

Summary:

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.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 24, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V157000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 43,782

Summary: Honda is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Honda Fit Sport vehicles manufactured May 23, 2011, through March 22, 2013. The electronic stability control system of the affected vehicles may allow excessive yaw rates at high steering angles with certain tires. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standard No. 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."

Consequence: Excessive yaw rates prevent the proper function of the electronic stability control (ESC) system, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Honda will notify owners and dealers will update the ESC software free of charge. The safety recall will begin on May 17, 2013. Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall campaign number is S99.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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