Honda says it is recalling about 143,000 Fit hatchbacks from the 2007-8 model years because the low-beam headlights might fail. The recall covers about 1.35 million vehicles worldwide.
In a news release, the automaker said today Commercial Insurance that a connector on a wiring harness could corrode and fail, which would extinguish the low beams. However, the high beams would still work. Honda said it knew of no accidents or injuries related to the problem.
The recall follows an investigation begun in September by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The inquiry was prompted by eight complaints to the agency from 2007-8 Fit owners who said the low beams had failed on their cars.
In January, Honda recalled about 141,000 Fits, also from the 2007-8 model years, for a fire hazard involving the power window switch. The automaker said that if the master power switch on the driver’s side became wet, it could cause a short circuit that might result in a fire. Honda reported two fires in the United States, neither of which caused injuries. But a Honda spokesman, Chris Naughton, said there had been a fatality in South Africa related to the power window defect.