Honda Jazz recalled over axle shaft safety issues in the US

2013 Honda Fit (known as Jazz in India) is being recalled over right side axle shaft constraints. As per inputs received from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Fit that is affixed with manual transmission has seen problems arising from under tempered axles.

2013 Honda Jazz recalled (1)Honda claims that the heat treatment applied to these axles during manufacturing process itself was not successful and when subjected to sever stress could lead to cracks to such an extent that the shaft could separate and not drive wheels when engine power is applied.

Honda has recalled a total of 1,038 units of Japan built Fit hatchbacks imported into North America. No accidents or injuries have been reported but the company is undertaking this recall as part of a safety measure in the interest of public safety.

These recalls are minuscule as compared to the large number of Honda Fit vehicles sold. To date the company has sold over 4 million units of Honda Fit ever since it was first launched in 2007. The company holds highest award winning safety awards and highest rates of recalls in North America.

2013 Honda Jazz problemsIn the meantime, the 2015 Honda Fit is set to make its presence felt. To be built in Honda’s new $800 million plant in Celaya, Mexico, there is a two month delay in launch due to quality control and other glitches. Honda has earlier planned on an April launch but has now set aside second week of June for launch of the new 2015 Fit when it will arrive in dealerships across North America to compete against 2015 Ford Fiesta, 2014 Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent to name a few.