Honda Motor Company’s Fit hatchback manufactured in the year 2007 and 2008 continues to haunt the company.
The U.S. subsidiary of the company has recalled as many as 143,000 Fit hatchbacks to replace their defective window switches. There are more than 700,000 Fit subcompact affected hatchbacks worldwide. The faulty switches have the potency to cause a fire and therefore the recall is critical.
The company stated that any kind of liquid that seeps into the master power window switch on the driver's door can cause the switch to swelter and melt. This can pose a probable fire hazard.
Second Recall Due To Same Problem
This is not the first time that the Japanese automaker has had to recall these cars. The first recall for the 2007 and 2008 Honda Fit hatchback was issued in January 2010. These hatchbacks were plagued by a similar problem at that time as well.
The automobile behemoth stated that at the time of the first recall, the dealer repair system was not "sufficiently robust to ensure that all switches would be completely sealed against all possible moisture intrusion." This anomaly has warranted a second recall.
Honda is not the lone automobile manufacturer that is bearing the brunt of the defective switches. A similar problem compelled General Motors to issue a recall of more than 450,000 Chevy Trailblazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs in August 2012. The said vehicles were from the 2005 to 2007 model years.
Honda City Recall in India
Sources familiar with the matter state that no untoward incident because of the faulty switch has been reported as yet. However the company is being extremely cautious. In fact, Honda has advised customers to park the affected vehicles outside their homes till the time these have been inspected and repaired.
The Honda Fit is sold as Honda Jazz in some markets including India. While sources claim that Honda Jazz in India is not affected by the problem, Honda City is.
The company has thus recalled more than 42,000 second generation Honda City cars manufactured in 2007 and 2008.
The company “would carry out preventive part replacement of power window switch” of these cars.
The customer will not have to bear any charge for the replacement.
“Honda Cars India is carrying out the part replacement as part of a global exercise by Honda Motor Company to ensure stringent quality standards for its products,” added the Indian subsidiary of Honda Motors.