Honda Motor Company of Japan issued a recall Monday morning for the 2015/2016 Honda Fit and the Fit based Vezel (HR-V in the U.S.) crossover. According to Daily Herald and other news outlets, this recall, the 6th in 3 years, will impact 160,000 vehicles or so. North America is not included in the latest Honda Fit recall.
Depending on who you’re reading Monday, the total number of vehicles included in the latest recall climbs to 283,000 — but none in Canada and the U.S, yet. We begin our Monday news day with the headline above, and wish to extend some peace of mind to our North America Honda Fit and HR-V driving friends. Your vehicle is not included in the latest recall initiative
Systems fires, steering failure, not in North America
The majority if not all 3rd generation Honda Fits plying the roads of North America were manufactured in Mexico alongside the HR-V crossover. For model year 2016, Honda Fit production returns to Japan, we’ve yet to drive one.
Perhaps the latest precautionary safety recall is specific to the recall plagued Fit Hybrid, a vehicle not imported to North America. Or, the indicated defective control system and steering components are manufactured in Asia exclusively for the Japan market — Honda’s not clear on this, nor do we know the number of Fit and Vezel crossovers directly involved in non injury accidents.
According to The Columbus Dispatch: The company will recall more than 283,000 Fit cars and Vezel crossovers after reports of six fires related to a control systems flaw and two collisions linked to a power steering defect, said Yuichi Yamamoto, a Japan transport ministry official. None of the incidents resulted in death or injury, he said.
As reported by Matsatsugu Horie for Bloomberg news: Persistent recalls of the Fit and Vezel that first began in October 2013 were among quality woes that led the company’s former president, Takanobu Ito, to abandon a global sales target before resigning the position. His successor, Takahiro Hachigo, has reshuffled top management and consolidated responsibility for product planning and evaluation, ceding more control back to the company’s overwhelmed research-and-development division.
According to Horie, Honda tried to introduce models optimized for disparate regions at a pace and scale that was beyond its means, Hachigo, 56, said in February. The company announced sweeping management changes, including the resignations of Chairman Fumihiko Ike and the CEO’s second-in-command Tetsuo Iwamura, says Honda Motor Company.
Recent Honda Fit recalls in for North America
For model year 2015/2016 there are 4 minor component recalls listed for Honda Fit. None of them have related in injury or death. They can be found here along with Honda’s recall information site. You may enter the model year of any Honda vehicle for an initial. For specific concerns enter your vehicle’s Vin #. Good luck.