Around 700,000 Honda Fit Hatchbacks Recalled Worldwide
Honda Motor Company, a beacon of reliability in a world that is crumbling, has just announced a recall due to faulty lost motion springs in the best selling car in Japan, the Honda Fit, as well as the Freed and City vehicles.
In North America there are around 120,000 Honda vehicles involved in the recall, with around 97,000 here in the United States. Each one is a Honda Fit between the years of 2009 and 2010.
To get technical for a moment, the recall is due to faulty lost motion springs, which act along with the movement of the rocker arm. The recall was issued because the rocker arms have been found to bend or break over time, which could break ones engine. That last sentence is key, because a broken engine is nothing to laugh at and could cost owners an arm and a leg to repair.
Honda issued the recall on the Fit after over 100 complaints were filed worldwide. Around 70 of those complaints came in Japan, Honda’s home market and where the automaker sold the most affected vehicles. Recently, Honda announced that the Fit overtook the Toyota Prius for the best selling car in Japan title.
This latest recall on the Honda Fit is the second in two months, with the first due to a faulty headlight switch. This recall involved 1.35 million vehicles worldwide on the 2007 and 2008 Fit.
This recall will be a costly one for Honda, as replacing these parts is not cheap. Honda will notify customers when the recall goes into effect.