• Feb 17th 2011 at 1:01PM
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Honda has announced that the company is recalling around 700,000 vehicles globally for faulty lost motion springs in the valve train. The springs may fatigue and break over time, causing the engine to stall as a result. The recall covers certain 2009-2010 Fit, Freed and City models, and so far the company has received a total of 72 complaints of the issue in Japan and 29 complaints from elsewhere in the world.

No injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the problem.

A total of 176,000 vehicles are being recalled in Japan, while another 156,000 are being brought in for inspection in China. A full 233,000 models are being recalled through the rest of Asia, and North America should see 122,000 cars head back to the dealership – over 97,000 of which are from the States. Hit the jump for Honda's official press release. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

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[Sources: Honda, BBC]
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Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Lost Motion Spring Recall: 2009-2010 Fit

02/16/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Honda will recall 97,201 model years 2009 and 2010 Fit vehicles in the U.S. to replace the lost motion springs, components within the engine valvetrain. The lost motion springs, which are compressed by rocker arms in normal engine use, may bend or break over time resulting in abnormal engine noise and potentially causing engine damage or stalling. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this defect.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda by mail. Notification to customers will begin in early March 2011.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end in addition to contacting customers by mail, in early March, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going on-line or calling. Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      What does a "lost motion" spring do in the valvetrain?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably failing due to lack of lubrication from the blinker fluid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It holds the high-lift rocker arm against the cam lobe during low lift operation. It's a vtec thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's like a muffler bearing, but for the valvetrain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        don't know, but I bet all the ricerboys at www.VTEC.yo could tell you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not good... I wonder if those springs are made in house or by some other company. Either way, as far as recalls go that's a pretty big one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VTAK just kicked in...... oh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      gentlemen my wife has a 2008 fit sp ort almost 90,000 miles on it and was recalled 1 time and so far she puts 100 miles a day 500 week that turns into 25,000 miles a year. Now changed the oil every 7,500 miles put brakes on front, then had to put switch on a.c. THAT'S IT, first honda car i ever bought and i can tell you this,when it has 250,000 on it she's going to give it to me And we will buy anthor
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did it come to that point? Don't the manufacturing company have quality control to check whether their product passed and now after being out in the market suddenly it will all be recalled? Good thing no one was injured caused by this faulty spring. Haven't they tested the durability of the springs before they decided to use them? Man! Where is quality control here?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your post is an example of a complete failure by the public school system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So many recall this, recall that news on AB these days. Facepalm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The lost motion assembly, or LMA is responsible for keeping the vtec rocker in place at rpm below the vtec engagement point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      after the toyota fiasco of 2010 the recalling flood gates have really opened with a BANG even for the smallest problems .
        • 4 Years Ago
        Broken valve springs are not a "small" problem. When they break the valve stays down in the combustion chamber, up comes the piston, and kablooey, no engine. Not even replaceable. No going anywhere.

        If that is a "small" problem to you, you probably have a chauffeur and do not have such "small" problems. BIG problem to the one to whom it just happened and those who rely on that car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Japanese brands were always held in high reguard and so they should be because they`re good cars.
      So are the domestic big 3 cars, good with there recalls they always had.
      The Japanese cars were not better before, they were better at hiding recalls.
      When all this blew up on Toyota when they couldn`t hide them any longer, we are now seeing recalls by everyone.
      I don`t think the quality has changed. The dirt is not under the carpet anymore.
      I wonder if this problem is also in Honda outboard motors?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Provide some evidence they were hiding recalls and that they were doing so more than the Detroit 3 were. Any evidence.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow so now Honda is lunching engines as well due to valve spring failures. Seriously when was the last time an American production engine ever recalled for valve springs failing? All these engine failures are from one thing. Japanese designed engines rev to the moon in order to get any grunt out of them. My son has a Scion TC automatic and i was shocked it ran at around 4 grand steady state highway and routinely hit 11k rpm when you hit the gas. Bottom line drop your rpm and your durability goes up. My 2010 Camaro automatic pulls about 900 rpm steady state highway and unless I put it in Competitive mode never even comes close to redline on gear shifts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The lost motion spring is not the same as a valve spring. Not remotely the same whatsoever except for the fact that both types reside in the cylinder head. The Fit is not having a recall over valve springs.

        And the fact that you mentioned your son's scion revving to 11k gives me further evidence that you have zero freaking clue of what you are talking about. I doubt you even own a Camaro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Chevrolet Colorado had a valve spring issue when it first came out.
        Valve springs knowing what they do under constant compression are the hardest working part in the engine.
        Its a small wonder we don`t hear of more failers than we do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow they sold that many around the world. That is one big global recall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fit is the number one selling car in Japan.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fit is go.. back!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I owned one of these I would pitch a fit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So where did Honda source the springs? China, maybe?
        Someone cheated on the metallurgy or the heat treatment.
        I'm just guessing and Honda isn't saying...if it was anyone other than China they would be calling out the supplier IMHO.

        Let's wait and see...
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