Honda Issues Vehicle Recall for More Fits
Honda is expanding an earlier vehicle recall of its compact Fit hatchback model, adding another 48,000 vehicles to the list. Reportedly, the recalled Fits need to have their stability control software updated.
The vehicle recall announcement on Thursday, July 18th, raised the total of recalled Fits to 91,920. The Fits are all model years 2012 and 2013.
The first part of the vehicle recall was issued in April, and covered only premium sport versions of the Honda Fit. Initial testing led Honda officials to believe that only Sport models had problems with stability control software.
However, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration tested the Fit more rigorously, in a battery of tests that Honda did not account for, according to reports. After reviewing the new test information from the NHTSA, Honda decided voluntarily to expand their vehicle recall.
Generally, stability control systems use sensors that determine if the vehicle is moving against the direction the driver is steering, and stability programs within the vehicle will correct for the problem by braking one wheel at a time to help control movement. The problem with the Fit software reportedly allows the car’s body to roll too much before the program intervenes, which could lead to the driver losing control. Fortunately, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the faulty program.
Although Honda tested all their Fit models, the NHTSA accounted for extremely worn tires, wheels that were out of alignment, and high-speed driving.
“The electronic stability control system of the affected vehicles may allow excessive yaw rates at high steering angles with certain tires,” said NHTSA in its summary of the problem at the time of the original recall. “Excessive yaw rates prevent the proper function of the electronic stability control (ESC) system, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Honda said that consumers will be notified by mail in early August, and they can take their vehicles to their local Honda dealership to have the software upgraded at no charge.
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