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Honda Fit, Steering, Suspension, Hatchback
#62 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [bayoujay]
Jul 20, 2011 (4:56 am)
My 2009 Honda Fit is having the same problem - intermitent loss of power steering! It happens just driving around town and on the highway. The dashboard steering light turns on and complete loss of power steering for about 2-5 seconds then pops back on. Just took to my dealer and they are having trouble figuring out what is wrong - they say they have never heard of this problem before.
Talk about DANGEROUS! I am heading over to the NHTSA website to post a complaint!
#63 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [fitmom]
Jul 20, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Wow. They are either not being truthful, or they are incompetent. Just read the previous posts. Print these out and take them to the dealer. I bet they suddenly "figure it out". Power Steering control unit for sure.
#64 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [fitmom]
Jul 20, 2011 (12:44 pm)
I posted the exact part number for a 2007 in my post #35. It's expensive so you have to push them.
#66 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [waxrash]
Jul 25, 2011 (11:46 am)
My local Honda dealer is completely covering the cost and labor to replace the Electronic Steering. Glad they are doing the right thing. I wonder how many other folks are out there that haven't done a little homework to see there is a grave problem with Honda's power steering. Hope they recall.
#67 of 75 2008 Honda Fit Handling/Steering
Jul 28, 2011 (9:34 am)
My 2008 Honda Fit Sport tracks the grooves (created by studded tires) in roads very closely. It
also seems to pull either left or right at times for no apparent reason (although the road may be slanted one way or the other without my being able to actually see this). Braking on imperfect roads will sometimes cause excessive pulling one way or the other.
I have had the car looked at a couple of times by the dealer. Alignment is OK. The road test on nice, flat roads and they see no problems. (Either do I on nice roads.)
The car has 16 inch rims. The tires are Potenza 205/45R16 83W. The tires are original and have about 35K on them and will need to be replaced soon.
I don't know if the wheels/tires are the cause of my steering issues or if there is something else that I should have checked out.
Any ideas or thoughts as to the cause of my problem or any suggestions on replacement tires would be appreciated.
#68 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [fitmom]
Jul 16, 2012 (3:07 am)
New to this forum and first post. Here to report that my daughter's new 2012 Fit had the loss of power steering issue (we think). While going apx. 70 mph on local interstate she experienced the pull to the left, then tried to correct, but loss control of the vehicle. Rain/wet hwy was also an issue. While trying to regian steering, she was hit by a tractor trailer and although she was ok, the car will more than likely be a total loss.
She had felt the pull to one side or the other a few times lately and was about to bring it in to the dealer because she knew something was wrong. Strange thing was, no dash lights came on indicating a power steering problem.
This just happened two days ago. I'm now researching the issue and finding mainly just 08 - 10 Fits seemed to have that problem. Her 2012 Fit was only two months old!!!
As you can imagine, i'm seriously pissed. She could have easily been killer or seriously injured. Looks like Honda hasn't ever put out a recall on this problem.
#69 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [silentray]
Jul 17, 2012 (9:23 am)
Thanks fitmom for your reply. I called them and was told to call the DOT/Defects Investigation Dept which i did. They have no record of recalls or complaints pertaining to the 2012 Fit for the power steering/computer. Going to let her ins. and Honda deal with it and see what happens in the hopefully short term. We may need to be seeking a lawyer, but trying to avoid that since she was not injured.
#70 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [silentray]
Sep 17, 2012 (2:03 pm)
silentray, please fill out a report here: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
Your report is not yet listed, but there is one other instance of the same thing happening. Add your report and maybe they'll start taking it seriously.
#71 of 75 Re: Please Report Steering Problems to NHTSA! [thomasireson]
Sep 17, 2012 (2:16 pm)
Already filed a report a few days before i posted. Her ins. company dropped the ball, caved in and accepted responsibility for the accident just a few days later. An inspection of the car was never done. Allstate sucks.
Daughter had gap ins. coverage so she wasn't out much. She didn't want to hire an attorney and have to try to fight Honda and or Allstate. Sure wish they would have had the car inspected tho, so we'd know for sure what did happen.
She ended up buying a Hyundai Elantra to replace the Fit.