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Honda To Recall 1.35 Million Fit Models

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On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:48AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Honda To Recall 1.35 Million Fit Models

A recent Honda hatchback recall involves at least 1.35 million Honda Fit cars world-wide.

The reason for the Honda Fit recall is a faulty headlight switch that could possibly result in failure of low beam headlamps. In certain models the wiring harness for the headlight control switch can become worn out over repeated use. Honda has recalled the vehicles in order to correct the wiring defect.

The Honda Fit recall is said to affect about 143,000 of the 2007 and 2008 Fit models in the U.S, and 734,000 Honda Fit models are affected by this recall in Japan which brings the total to 1.35 million.

Honda reports that the cost of the recall could be as much as $42.8 million. There have not been any accidents reported as a result of the faulty headlight wiring. There have also been Fit models recalled in Europe and Asia, but the details have not yet been released by Honda. Honda has issued a statement saying that the root of this problem is the plating on the wiring harness connectors for the low-beam headlight circuit. The Japanese automaker states that this plating "can become warn after repeated use ... and cause the connector to overheat and fail, resulting in a loss of low-beam headlight functionality."

The automaker will begin contacting affected owners, but if you're worried about your Fit, you can take it to your local Honda dealer for inspection and, naturally, any repair work will be done at the automaker's expense.

The recall comes at a pivotal time in Honda’s marketing campaign, just one month after the Japanese automaker unveiled the electric Fit EV prototype at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Honda is also preparing to launch the first of its electric subcompacts into daily use in southern California.

Critics are advising against the purchase of subcompacts such as the Fit, according to The Car Connection: “If you're thinking of getting someone a fuel miser, a car snow globe, or other such nonsense for Christmas...don't bother.”


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