is recalling nearly 700,000 Fit subcompact hatchbacks from the 2007 and
2008 model years -- including 143,083 in the U.S. -- because the master
switch in the driver's door because rain, snow or other moisture can
get in the door and damage the switch, causing it to overheat and
smolder, smell and potentially start a fire.
Honda advises owners to park their Fits outdoors until the switch is inspected for damage.
is the second time these Fits (sold in some markets as the Honda Jazz)
have been recalled for this problem, with the first in 2010.
also the same issue that prompted the recalls by General Motors last
August and again this month of a total of about 450,000 Chevy
Trailblazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs
from the 2005 to 2007 model years.
Honda says the original 2010
fix was not sufficient and it now ill replace them all, starting with
ones that show damage in the inspection and the rest as parts are
available -- so you might have to go to the dealer twice.
says no crashes or injuries have been reported, but spokesman Chris
Martin told the Associated Press that there have been seven reports of
melted switches and two fires, all before the 2010 recall. Honda will
begin notifying owners next month.
Also, Feds are investigating a brake problem with the Honda Odyssey. According to a USA Today report, U.S. safety regulators are investigating some Honda Odyssey minivans
because they can brake without the driver pressing the pedal.
The probe affects nearly 344,000 vans from the 2007 and 2008 model years.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 22
complaints from owners about unexpected braking. In some cases, the vans
braked while drivers were accelerating, cutting the speed by up to 30
miles per hour. Five people told the agency that dealers found trouble
in a steering angle sensor in the electronic stability control system.
The agency said it has no reports of crashes or injuries.
will determine if the problem happens frequently enough to seek a
recall. The agency officially opened the probe earlier this week..
problem is similar to one that resulted in the recall of about 250,000
Honda and Acura vehicles worldwide in March. That problem was caused by
improper electronics and wiring in the electronic stability control
system, which automatically applies brakes to individual wheels if
vehicles are out of control.
In that case, Honda Motor Co.
recalled more than 183,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the Acura RL,
Acura MDX and Honda Pilot SUV. It recalled another 56,000 in Japan,
affecting the Odyssey, Legend, StepWgn and Elysion models. Also recalled
were nearly 8,000 vehicles in Canada, nearly 1,000 in Australia, about
300 in Mexico and 70 in Germany. The vehicles were produced from March
2004 through May 2006.
A Honda official in California said he hasn't yet been notified about the latest probe but told the newspaper he would check into it.