• Aug 1, 2006


Honda Motor Co. has issued a recall in Japan covering over 35,000 of its subcompact Fit automobiles. According to the automaker, the brake lamp in the Fit may not work due to the misapplication of a lubricant during manufacturing. Only vehicles made between December 2004 and May 2005 are affected, with no problems found with cars bound for the U.S. or other overseas markets. There have been nearly 2,000 reports of the problem from dealerships, but no crashes have resulted.

[Source: AFX News Ltd. via Motor Trend]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Rob - Typical narrow-minded American attitude that the US is the only place that exists on the planet. Being from the best part of North America - Yes Canada, the Fit is sold here in droves - presently back-ordered in almost every dealership and with the price of gas going up and up, who wouldn't want one! Do me a favour and stay in your cocoon and don't come out and play!
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL

      this is hilarious. I was expecting someone to say Honda are s POS and it's all about idiot Rob. Anyone who post saying Hondas are POS or even close is another Rob. :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Click on Recalls/TSBs on this site and you'll see that ALL of the foreign recalls noted on this site are for Japanese vehicles.

      odd, dont you think?"

      -I do think it is "odd" only because on autoblog.com it seems like you don't hear as much about Euro Fords or GM being recalled as much as others. But then again mabye those cars simply are not recalled as much which is a good thing for the USA based car makes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rob,

      Maybe I wasn't clear on my point. Although the Fit isn't (or wasn't) sold here in the US. Other Honda vehicles are sold here, and perhaps built in the same factory as the Fits, or very likely built and designed using the same set of best practices. Individual models are not built in a vacume sepearte from all other vehicles. Therefore having knowledge about other vehicles a manufacturer produces is relavent even if you cannot buy that one model.

      As I am not completly familier with the Honda car platforms, I will provide a hypothetical example from Ford. Lets say we are back in 2001 when both the Taurus and the Escape were in production. Now you are in the market for a new compact SUV and are considering the Escape. However, this other car Ford produces, the Taurus, has been having a lot of safety recalls. Using your argument that b/c we can't buy teh Fit, its recalls are not important, this would mean that the Taurus recalls would not be important to the potential Escape buyer. However the Escape and Taurus and built in the same plant, and actually on the same unibody platform. (the equivelent of a truck being being built on the same chasis)

      Now the information about the Taurus is much more relevent to the potential Escape buyer. So although the individual recall isn't immediatly relevent to US consumers, the secondary implications are.

      I agree that this shouldn't be front page news on every major newspaper in the country, but for an auto specific publication such as autoblog it is worth mentioning.

      *disclaimer - The recall comments about the Taurus/Escape were made up to show an example. In my opinion the Taurus and Escape have proven to be very well built, reliabile cars, however the Taurus suffered from lack of body styling.*
      • 8 Years Ago
      The article was not placed here for foreign readers.

      The article was placed here to provide ammunition for the "see, domestic cars aren't that bad" and "foreign cars suck!" and "US RULEZ NUMBAH ONE!!!!11" flaming.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "According to the automaker, the brake lamp in the Fit may not work due to the misapplication of a lubricant during manufacturing"

      I have heard problems about headlight fluid, but this is the first I have heard about taillight lubricant. /sarc
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fair enough Shawn.

      I modify my original comment to say that Rob's opinions seem to be of the thinking that the US is the center of the universe, and not that this is a general American way of thinking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rob, maybe the whole "Internet" thing is something new to you, but people in other countries read this blog as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      y'know, i'm getting REALLY tired of these notifications of FOREIGN recalls here on Autoblog. who CARES about recalls on cars that will never reach the U.S. nor will affect us in any way possible? Before any import-haters start calling me out, I would say the exact same thing for Fords or GM products elsewhere...

      I'm simply annoyed by these non-applicable recall notices PERIOD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bet Honda had a fit when they realized they'd need to do a recall.(Sorry)
      Rob: Don't listen to them, we all know that there are no countries outside America (other than terrorists) and anyone who says otherwise are just crazy liberals who have never driven a man-truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The bad news helps in the sale of domestic car sales. Autoblog is doing a good thing for the US markets. Keep posting.

      http://www.allworldautomotive.com/links/search.php?catid=0&searchfor=recall
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are 40,000 Americans living / working in Tokyo alone, you know. I'd expect a percentage of them own a Fit / Jazz as it's a popular and mature model (on sale in Japan since 2001).
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