Jan 23rd, 2008 by RJ Menezes
Honda is in the process of recalling 34,300 Fit subcompact sedans from 2007 and 2008. The recall is in affect to replace a faulty wiring harness linked to a sensor that keeps the airbags from deploying when a child occupies the front passenger seat. The recall specifically covers Fits that were sold or registered in 22 U.S. states that use road salt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued this statement: “In areas where road salt is used, salt from the snow on the driver’s shoes will melt and may penetrate the carpet and leak into the wire harness. If the harness is exposed to salt brine, corrosion may occur and the wire may break, causing the SRS indicator light to illuminate.”
If the wires short-circuit, the front and side airbags could deploy in a crash, even if a child is in the seat. This “will increase the risk of injury to small or out-of-position occupants,” the NHTSA said on its Web site.
Owners affected by this recall should head over to their local Honda dealer right away. The dealer will inspect and replace all affected components if necessary.