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.
In 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.
Statement by American Honda Regarding Right Driveshaft Recall: 2013 Honda Fit
6/6/2014 9:05:00 PM
1,038 model-year 2013 Fit vehicles affected in the U.S.
Right driveshaft will be inspected and, if needed, replaced, free of charge
No related crashes or injuries have been reported
Honda will voluntarily recall 1,038 model-year 2013 Fit vehicles in the United States to inspect and, if needed, replace the right front driveshaft, free of charge. During production of certain right driveshafts, it is possible that a heat treatment process was not properly applied, resulting in the driveshaft being weaker than intended. As a result, in certain cases a weaker driveshaft may be more likely to fail due to the torque applied when the vehicle is accelerating from a stop. A broken right driveshaft will reduce the vehicle ‘s ability to move under its own power, which could contribute to a crash. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered through a warranty claim review process.
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners who purchased an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in mid-June. In addition to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.