Honda Fit Recall Affects Stability Control

April 29, 2013

Honda is recalling certain 2012 and 2013 Fit Sport small cars to fix a software glitch in the electronic stability control (ESC) system.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website indicates that the affected vehicles were built from May 23, 2011 through March 22, 2012.

According to a statement on the Honda website, the voluntary safety recall affects some 43,782 Fit Sport cars in the United States.

2013 Honda Fit

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The problem

The automaker said that the problem with the stability assist software occurs when the vehicle is equipped with certain tires.

Specifically, Honda said that the yaw rates on affected vehicles may exceed the requirements of certain U. S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

The NHTSA bulletin said that excessive yaw rates prevent proper functioning of the ESC system, which increases crash risk.

The issue, which was discovered during FMVSS compliance testing, has not resulted in any known crashes or injuries, Honda stated.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners of all vehicles in the recall group, regardless of which tires were installed, and dealers will update the software on the ESC system in all affected vehicles at no charge. The Honda safety recall campaign, identified as S99, is expected to begin on May 17, 2013.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 and 2013 Honda Fit Sport small cars with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 (and selecting option 4), or by going to

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V167000.


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