Honda issued a recall on Friday for 4,600 Fit Sport models around the country to fix a stability software issue. The small sedan’s stability issue crops up when the vehicle is equipped with certain tires.
The yaw rate on some of the 2012 and 2013 models exceeds federal safety standards. The problem was discovered when Honda tested the vehicles for compliance with federal regulations.
The automaker is not currently aware of any crashes or injuries that are related to the stability issue. The company will mail notices to owners of the affected Fit Sport cars in May. They will be asked to bring their cars into the dealership where the software will be updated to correct the issue.
The Honda Fit Sport recall is the second recall issued by the automaker in April. The first notice came last week when the manufacturer announced it would recall some 2012 and 2013 CR-V SUVs and Odyssey minivans, along with some 2013 Acura RDS crossovers.
The previous problem was with an automatic shift issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website suggested the number of vehicles affected by the issue was up to 204,169 in the United States.
Honda also released a statement about the recall on its website, explaining that the problem affects 204,500 cars in the US, including 128,000 CR-Vs, 59,000 Odysseys, and 17,500 RDX models. The former recall problem happened during sub-freezing temperatures. The vehicle’s transmission could potentially shift out of park without the driver needing to depress the brake pedal.
The problem could increase the risk of an accident. Documentation from Honda regarding the recall suggested that the brake-shift interlock mechanism may have been manufactured incorrectly. Honda is expected to notify owners of the affected vehicles in May.
The Honda safety recall will begin May 13th. Dealers will replace the defective brake-shift interlock blocking mechanism with an updated one. The replacement will be done at no charge to the owner.
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