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#74 of 129 2009 Honda Fit with front windshield fracture
Jun 22, 2009 (3:20 pm)
Another similar case. Drove from Illinois to Wisconsin on the highway to a state park. Parked the car and went for a hike. Returned to the car to find crescent shaped crack at the bottom of the front windshield on the passenger side. Was really frustrated of course, especially since I am pretty sure nothing hit the windshield while driving or while it was parked. Inspected the windshield and saw a small chip in the crack. Assumed something hit it though I heard nothing while in transit.
Before going to the dealer, I checked online for similar complaints and found all of your similar complaints. I hoped that Honda might acknowledge a faulty windshield but unfortunately the dealer pointed immediately to the chip and from that point forward said it was an outside cause and not faulty engineering. But then they started talking about hot days and air conditioning and how that could a small fracture to grow. They suggested that is why it seemed like it magically appeared while I was away from the car. The dealer recommended an auto glass place for replacement.
The auto glass place said they rarely see Hondas with this problem and that helped ease my thoughts of this happening to me on a regular basis. But then the rep randomly said that the Fit does have a "funky" window. I hope the Fit's modern design did not compromise its normal function. Be it random rocks or unacknowledged faulty engineering, either way I have no way of preventing this from happening again. I mean I was driving on a normal highway and road system...it's not like i was driving though the Grand Canyon.
I'm planning to contact Honda corporate if only to put my complaint on the books for what seems to be a frequent occurrence. Besides that I can only hope it does not happen ever again.
#75 of 129 Giant Crack in Windshield
Sep 24, 2009 (5:55 am)
I noticed a small chip in my windshield the other day, but don't recall any rocks hitting it, etc. Yesterday morning, I walked out to the car and discovered a giant (approximately 12-13 inches long) crack extending from the edge near lower passenger corner diagonally upwards. I saw some earlier posts about windshield cracks - has anyone had any luck getting Honda to take care of this? Or is it all being attributed to driver error, rather than a design issue?
#76 of 129 Long line on the Windshield
Sep 24, 2009 (7:52 pm)
I also notice a long line, that is on the upper right hand corner on the passenger side. When I drove it back to school, I didn't hear any rocks or other objects hitting the windshield. The weird thing is that it is inside the car and not outside. I read everybody's comment and it is definitely not a coincidence. I haven't talk to the Honda dealer yet. I don't know what I should say to them, since it seems like everybody's insurance doesn't cover replacement or repairs. Who am I suppose to talk to exactly?? and how much would it cost to repair it? or do I have to replace it??
Jan 01, 2010 (6:09 pm)
Just for the record, a crack appeared within two weeks after my husband got his new '09 FIT. I could not see any ding, but I doubt that we will get warranty replacement for it. Plus, it's been four months by now. We haven't done anything about it yet.
#78 of 129 Crack in Windshield
Feb 04, 2010 (7:53 am)
I, too, got a large crack in the windshield. I have an '09 Fit. I went through a car wash yesterday and heard a loud bang and as I drove out of the car wash I saw a crack that's about 10 " long stemming from the bottom of the windshield. I know a drastic change in temperatures can cause a crack IF there's already a defect or chip. But it wasn't a severely cold day (maybe 18 degrees F. (and believe me, in Minnesota, that's nearly balmy)) and I know there was no previous chip or crack there. I immediately thought it must be a defect in the windshield so I got on google and found this forum. I'm seeing the dealer tomorrow. Hopefully, Honda will address this. By the way, I've been going through car washes in Minnesota for 40 years and have never had a windshield crack in one.
#79 of 129 Re: I suspect defect.
Feb 12, 2010 (7:17 am)
We purchased a 2010 Fit in January. Yesterday I noticed a fracture about 12 inches long that started on the edge of the driver side moving to the center of the windshield. I have a call in to my dealer to see what their response will be. There is no way these windshields should be developing stress fractures or anything more than a star when dinged by a foreign object.
#80 of 129 WindShieldProblem
Feb 21, 2010 (8:16 pm)
I have had my Fit for only a few months and have experienced the same problem with the windshield. I really hope Honda takes care of it. Frustrated as can be.
#81 of 129 Re: WindShieldProblem [ryanoconnor]
Feb 22, 2010 (9:16 am)
Our dealer said it's not covered under warranty and there is no Honda recall so it's our problem. It's not too expensive to replace but I worry about future cracks and having to replace it multiple times. I've seen prices ranging from $280 to $500 to replace. Does anyone know if there is a quality difference in these replacement windshields?
#82 of 129 Inexplicable Cracks in Windshield
Mar 03, 2010 (10:40 am)
I am so happy to discover that others are having the same problem I am. (although I do feel badly for you). Two weeks ago, I discovered a crack in my windshield (ALREADY "longer than a dollar bill") that emanated from the bottom seam of the glass, it got longer and made a crescent shape. Just two days ago, I noticed another crack--in the exact same shape--that originated from the top of the windshield/seam area. Both are in the middle of the windshield. Neither exhibit a nick, etc.
I contacted my dealer. They said to submit it to insurance. After reading your posts, I think I may contact Honda corporate ...and maybe the media.
#83 of 129 Crack the first morning of a 2010 Fit...
Mar 19, 2010 (7:14 am)
We just picked our Fit up last night and drove it home, then to the grocery store, then back. The next morning, my girlfriend drove it to work and while I was talking to her via cell phone (and the dealer-installed bluetooth handsfree - nice!), she yelled and said her windshield just cracked. She said it must have been a rock but she couldn't tell where it would have come from. The crack is right in front of her, from near the wiper blades then it goes up and curves over -- sounding quite a bit like the descriptions here. It was a chilly morning (around 40F) in Nebraska, and the heater was on.
I have spoken with Honda USA and they know of no issues, and a Google search for windshield pricing led me to this thread. We have photos taken just after it happened, and later as the crack has been growing. I wonder if Crystal Fusion would prevent this? (I have it on my Prius and will get it on this car after the windshield is replaced.)
If it's a defect, I hope Honda will replace it -- the car isn't even 12 hours old for us yet!
Just wanted to chime in. I'll post pics of the crack for reference later.