Honda is expanding an earlier recall of its compact Fit hatchback, saying another 48,000 vehicles need to have their stability control software updated.
Thursday’s announcement brings to 91,920 the number of Honda Fits from the 2012 and 2013 model years that are affected by the recall. The vehicles need a software update to the vehicle's electronic stability control system, Honda said in a statement.
The first recall was issued in April and affected only the more premium Sport versions. Honda initially tested all Fit models as a result of the April recall, but found no reason to recall anything other than the Sport models.
But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration then put the Fit through a more extreme battery of tests Honda didn’t account for, according to Honda spokesman Chris Martin.
After reviewing and duplicating the results from the more rigorous testing, Honda voluntarily agreed to Thursday’s expanded recall, Martin said.
At issue was the vehicles’ software that may allow the car’s body to roll too much before intervening, possibly causing the driver to lose control. No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue, Honda said.
Owners will be notified by mail in early August, according to the automaker. They can take their cars to a Honda dealer to have the software update done free of charge.
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