Product Recall for Honda Jazz/Fit

Honda has announced a recall of all Jazz models manufactured from 2002 to 2008. 

Today (Thursday 16 December), Honda New Zealand has initiated sending a notification letter to owners of (previous model)NZ-new 2002-2008 Jazz customers advising of this recall and that wiring will be replaced free of charge when stocks are available.  It is estimated that approximately 10,000 Jazz vehicles are affected in New Zealand.  This recall also affects Honda Fit models and Honda New Zealand is working in conjunction with New Zealand Transport Agency’s to identify and contact owners of affected Japanese imported Jazz vehicles built in the 2002 to 2008 period.

Honda’s quality control and measurement systems have detected 164 worldwide low beam headlight failures out of a production of more than 1.3 million Jazz vehicles. One of the electrical wires connected to the headlight switch was not long enough, causing the circuit and the lights to fail in these identified cars. In the worst cases, five only, a burning smell arose. There have been no failures in NZ.

In the unlikely event that this situation should arise, the vehicle Hi-Beam and Turn Signals remain unaffected and will still operate.  Should this failure occur, please contact Honda on 0800 246 632 (0800 2Honda) for assistance.

Rectification involves the replacement of a small section of wiring to remove the risk of this failure. Honda is conducting this rectification free of charge in all 1.3 million vehicles internationally.

“Honda New Zealand would like to assure all Kiwi drivers that Honda is committed to ensuring the highest levels of on-going safety for customers and this has resulted in the recall. We are immediately initiating contacting customers and affecting the required rectification as soon as components are available.  If any customers have concerns we encourage them to contact Honda on the free-phone number 0800 246632,” says Graeme Seymour, Honda New Zealand’s Managing Director.

“Unlike recalls for other products, motor vehicles are registered product which enables the auto industry to contact vehicle owners directly through comprehensive databases or utilise the NZ Transport Agency’s vehicle licensing database.” he explains.