Do you drive a 2009 or 2010 Honda Fit? Roughly 97,000 people in the U.S. and 23,000 in Canada can answer yes to that question, and will be getting a recall notice in the mail from Honda. At issue are potentially faulty lost motion springs in the valvetrain, which can bend or break over time. Should this occur, abnormal noise, engine stalling or engine damage are possible outcomes.
It’s worth noting that the Honda Fit recall is based on only 100 complaints over 700,000 vehicles sold, and the bulk of these (70) have occurred in their home market of Japan. No accidents or injuries related to this defect have been reported to date, and Honda anticipates that customers will begin to receive recall notifications in early March. Details on affected vehicles will also be posted online at www.recalls.honda.com, but probably not until the recall kicks off. In the mean time, customers with questions or concerns can reach Honda’s customer service hotline at (800) 999-1009, option 4.