2013 Honda Fit Recalled for Faulty Driveshaft

Jun 09, 2014 01:06 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

Honda is recalling more than a thousand hatchbacks after receiving reports that the right front driveshaft is defective.

The recall, which should start in the next couple of weeks, includes 1,038 Honda Fit vehicles from the 2013 model year, Edmunds.com reported.  

A possible flaw in the production process may have led to a weakened front driveshaft, the automaker said. The issue came to light during a warranty claim review process, Edmunds reported.

"During production of certain right driveshafts, it is possible that a heat-treatment process was not properly applied, resulting in the driveshaft being weaker than intended," the company said in a statement. "As a result, in certain cases a weaker driveshaft may be more likely to fail due to the torque applied when the vehicle is accelerating from a stop.

"A broken right driveshaft will reduce the vehicle's ability to move under its own power, which could contribute to a crash."

The recall is scheduled for the middle of this month; concerned owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. During the recall, dealerships will replace the driveshaft if needed.

In light of the devastating General Motors small car recall, automakers seem to be exhibiting caution when it comes to recalling vehicles for potential issues. The American carmaker Toyota recently issued a recall for 6.4 million vehicles for potential safety problems, likely in hopes of avoiding a similar fate.

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