Honda recalls 81k Jazz and Vezel Hybrid variants in Japan
Honda Motor Co has announced that it will be recalling a total of 81,353 units of Jazz hatchback and Vezel SUV in Japan. The reason Honda has announced recall is over faulty computer programming of 7 speed dual clutch transmission or DCT. All the affected cars are hybrid variants.
Honda Motor Company will recall 70,929 units of all new Fit Hybrid and 10,424 units of Vezel compact SUV, which were produced in Japan during July 2013 and February 2014. The company has already halted shipments of the affected model till this programming glitch is solved, citing reasons that deficiency in proper programming could lead to delay in ability to begin driving or the inability to move.
This is not the first time that Honda has faced these problems, in fact, it is the third time that the Japanese automakers have had to deal with problems in programming of automatic transmission. Honda Motor Corporation has already intimated Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism about the recall and the new program will be installed from February 21, 2014.
Honda will be checking each DCT gear change history and will replace the DCT component to avoid any sort of damage to its internal parts before changing the control software program itself. Honda has also suspended all deliveries of models being currently produced at Yorii Plant of Saitama Factory and Suzuka Factory till this new software program is installed.
Honda Jazz (known as Fit in Japan), will be launched in India this year, but only in a choice of petrol and diesel engine option. A hybrid Jazz will not be launched in India. Honda officials have not confirmed Vezel’s India launch, but even if it is launched, a hybrid variant will be asking for too much, as India is mostly a petrol/diesel driven market.