Honda North America has just issued a voluntary recall involving 25,367 units of its Fit LX vehicles. The car manufacturer said that the said vehicles have been equipped with rear grab rail brackets that were found to not have been manufactured according to design specifications. In an event of an accident or collision, the defective rear grab rail brackets may actually interfere with the deployment of the side curtain air bags, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and passengers.
The recall involves 2015 and 2016 models of the Fit LX vehicles that were manufactured from April 11, 2014 to July 2 of this year. The problem was discovered when a testing of mass production parts done by Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC) in Japan found that a unit had failed the production verification test of the side curtain airbag. HMC then shared the results to Honda de Mexico (HDM) who had received the shipment of rear grab rail bracket and who also began mass producing the affected vehicles in 2014.
The following month, Honda and its side curtain airbag supplier conducted a side curtain airbag tests involving the mass production bracket installed. The test yielded no negative results. However, a further test done resulted in the side curtain airbag being punctured.
As a remedy, Honda says it will replace the rear grab rail bracket with one that has felt applied in order to prevent the side curtain airbag from being punctured. The said replacement will be done free of charge.
Honda Motor Co. is expecting to begin its initial customer notification about this recall on December 2015.