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#112 of 135 Re: 2010 Fit Cracked Windshield [allenhuffman]
Jun 16, 2011 (7:00 pm)
I'm working with a friend that had her 08 Fit developed a crack similar to what everyone is describing. This happened before she took it in for the first oil change. The dealership here in Omaha did their pen test and said it was a rock chip impact that occurred near the passenger side wiper arm. Unusual place for a rock chip to occur. How did you make out on your claim? Which dealership did you go thru? Unfortunately, my friend, middle aged female did not raised he-- like I would have and now, windshield still not repaired is going to cost many hundreds to fix. How can Honda America claim to not know what is going on here? How can one contend the pen test as not accurate diagnosis for these stress cracks? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
#113 of 135 Re: same issue with windshield [jcboh]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:34 pm)
I was driving home yesterday, it was about 99 degrees in San Ramon, CA. My new Honda Fit had been sitting in the sun all day closed up. I always make sure to leave windows down a little in the heat though. I bought this car 2 mos ago with 20 miles on it when I bought it. It now has over 1000 miles on it. I keep the windows down until I got on the freeway, then I put them up and turned on the air. about 2 to 5 miles into my travel I heard a pop which sounded like it came from under my dash, like the air condioning unit. I said that is not good, but I didn't see it, and it came from within the car, under dash. I made a mental note of it. I got home and washed my car. As I was washing the windshield I noticed it had a great big moon shaped crack in it. I took it to dealership right away. They did pen test said it wasn't covered in warranty, because he said he found a fisher where inpact hit. It was coming from bottom of passenger side , under windshield wiper up further where he daid rock hit it and then up and over to middle windshield. I left thinking he was right. The next day I did same routine, with car and I heard same crack noise coming from airconditioning unit, around the same area on hwy., that happened day before, there was no rocks, no trucks by me. I will fight this to the end. This engine is right under dash, which is right under windshield. This is a fault in the way it is made, and quite frankly I will fight to get everything back in the deal including my 2006 Hyndaii Tiburon, that kept a couple of star specks from rocks hitting windshiend forever, with no major change. I made a huge mistake not to check this website before buying. I love my new car otherwise, but this is something I will not tolerate. Not after signing a $26,000 contract with them, and leaving a car that I adored for 5 yrs, with no problem. Thanks for the info., I suggest you all read everybody's input, and let's put a stop to this bull. I want out.
#114 of 135 Re: 2010 Fit Cracked Windshield [windwatcr]
Jun 22, 2011 (9:15 am)
I printed the messages from this board and took to my dealer and sent to Honda. I kept calling Honda America until I got someone to open a case for me on this. The next thing I knew, my dealer called to say Honda was payong for a new windshield.
#115 of 135 Re: Inexplicable Cracks in Windshield [havingafit1]
Jun 23, 2011 (9:11 pm)
I am with you on that one. I might have to have my cousin who is a lawyer to file a huge lawsuit, for all of our behaves. I'm calling tommorrow to get out of this 26,000 dollar contract I made two mos. ago with them. And I won't trade it in for another model, and I won't accept the tax and license bill on it either. I want every dime I put in, and I want out of this contract, or I will sue for much more than that. That is what we all should do, who has a contract for the purchase of this vehicle. Honda does make great cars, but they better allow me to step away like a lady!!!!!!
#116 of 135 Re: Stress Fracture on Windshield of Honda Fit [cindyj]
Jun 23, 2011 (9:18 pm)
amen, it takes all the people to stand up together and fight this thing. They said I could trade it for another Honda, but I'll be stuck with the tax and license. Let's see what they'll be stuck with when it's over.
#117 of 135 Gone thru 2 Windshields on my 09 Fit
Jun 26, 2011 (3:47 pm)
I experienced the same problem that everyone on this discussion thread is describing. 1st cracked window happened after I returned to my car in a hot parking lot. I had it replaced through my insurance after two dealers insisted it was a rock hitting the windshield. Come on give me a break! The car was parked! The 2nd cracked on the replaced windshield happened two months after the replacement on a cold rainy day. I am driving around with that crack because I suspect that it was a Honda design flaw. Now I am convinced that it is a flaw because other Honda Fit owners are experiencing the same problem. Thanks 2352ohoh for bringing this to my attention. What is our recourse? I am in.
#118 of 135 Re: Gone thru 2 Windshields on my 09 Fit [smallkahuna]
Jun 29, 2011 (6:23 pm)
Your welcome about the info. Your situation is exactly why I've decided I've made a mistake purchasing my new Honda Fit 2011 model. I've already had a windshield crack so badly it needs replacing. The car is new, I purchased it may 1, 2011. I'm talking to a lawyer tomorrow, to see what my options are. I will let you know what our options are, after that. Wouldn't it be something to make a class action lawsuit against this Co. I'm not a sue happy person, but I feel something is going on here, and it's not rocks and it's not our fault. Even if it was rocks, it still shows that this windshield is not acceptable. I feel it has something to do with the hot whether and cold whether. They have a responsibility to inform the consumers about their good points and their bad points. They know somethings wrong, and their putting their heads in the sand. I can't afford a new windshield, I had to drive home in the wind, and rain yesterday, on the freeway. I was scared to death with this cracked windshield. This is a safety issue, that other people need to know about. Especially channel 7 news. I don't want the same thing to happen again, that's why I would rather get out of contract. I'll let you know what happens. Sounds like a major recall to me, and it might have to be the consumers, this time to do it.
Jun 30, 2011 (11:53 am)
As frustrating as problems with cars can be, the Edmunds forums cannot be used to organize legal actions. Any posts along those lines, including passing along attorney information or posting links to sites about class actions will be removed.
#120 of 135 2011 Honda Pilot Windshield break
Jul 05, 2011 (8:42 am)
I just bought a new 2011 Honda Pilot 8 days ago and have a huge crack in the windshield below the windshield wipers. It extends the entire length of the windshield and curves up on the driver and passenger sides. I have less than 1000 miles on the SUV and no rocks have hit the windshield. I brought it back to the dealer and he said a pebble hit the windshield and caused the crack. NO WAY. This is defective glass.
#121 of 135 2010 Honda Fit windshield stress fracture
Jul 05, 2011 (3:36 pm)
Same problem as everyone else. My daughter's 20 month old, low mileage (~5,000) Fit was in for some safety recall work, and an oil change, which went smoothly enough, though after she got the car home she noticed a long crack on the passenger side of the windshield, starting from the edge. Appeared to be this same stress fracture that everyone else is describing here, with no indication of a chip from a stone. Really not clear whether anything the service guys at the dealer did that might have increased the chances of this happening. Apparently the car was outside in the hot sun prior to my daughter picking it up, and they cranked the air to full when they drove it over to the pickup area while she was paying, though that kind of temperature differential really shouldn't cause this to happen so easily.
Took the car back to the dealer the next day (Fladeboe Honda, Irvine, CA), they did the pen check, no arguments, they took pictures of the crack to send to Honda, ordered the new windshield, called me after a few days once the windshield was in, scheduled the appointment with the glass guy that does the replacement, then we took the car back for the work, and everything covered under warranty. They did say they hadn't seen this before on a Fit, but that the Pilot had a problem in the past, as others mention here.
So no problems getting it replaced, but it's pretty worrying that this happens so easily and I'm concerned it might happen again. I think I'll make a complaint to NHTSA as someone above suggests.