By Sonia Isotov
Honda announced yesterday that it will recall 97,201 vehicles in the U.S. to replace the lost motion springs, components within the engine valve train.
Honda is one of the best selling auto brands in Maui County and the The Fit was named one of the “Greenest Vehicles of 2010″ by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Along with the Fit, over 600,000 Freed, and City compact cars, model years 2009 and 2010, are being recalled worldwide.
The lost motion springs, which are compressed by rocker arms in normal engine use, may bend or break over time resulting in abnormal engine noise and potentially causing engine damage or stalling. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this defect.
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda by mail. Notification to customers will begin in early March 2011.
Owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going on-line or calling. Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.