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#53 of 81 Honda FIt 08 Brake failure
Mar 29, 2010 (10:49 am)
On Thursday March 25, 2010, I was involved in an accident while driving my 2008 Honda Fit. It was a beautiful day and I was traveling in traffic at 40 to 50 miles per hour.
When the car ahead of me came to a stop, I applied my brakes but they would not engage. I had plenty of time to stop but the brakes failed and I rear-ended another car. It was so frightening to know that I couldn't stop and that I was going to hit the guy ahead of me. Even on impact and with the extensive damage to my front end, the airbag never deployed.
An ambulance was called because I was in pain and could not stand without my legs giving out. Eventually, with assistance I was able to move. This has been very unsettling and although I am feeling better, I am still hurting.
Police were also called to the scene. After their investigation , they did not issue me a citation and waited at the scene until the car was towed.
Later that evening I received a call from my Hondadealership informing me that the ABS light was illuminated and that it indicated brake failure. I explained that that fact was also documented in the police report.
I no longer feel safe in this car. . I have found the blogs and forum reporting thousands of similar accidents involving the 2008 Honda Fit.
Why wasn’t I advised before now that there could be an issue? I am a mother of three. Thankfully I suffered only bruising and lower back pain. I daresay that if I had been travelling at a higher rate of speed, this accident could have been fatal to me or someone else.
#54 of 81 Re: ann4fit [shelley04]
Mar 29, 2010 (12:55 pm)
The Fit does not seem to do very well at all on ice and snow. It has low ground clearance, for one, but the large wheels and the tires it comes with just do not seem to generate any traction at all. The slipping and sliding on snow is probably a different problem than the brakes not holding or the car surging forward from a stop or slow down. You can try putting something heavy in the back--a couple of bags of sand or kitty litter, for instance, or potting soil, etc.
fyi - The last thing in the world you want to do with a front wheel drive car in the winter is to weigh down the back of it as you suggest above. It will magnify any traction problems.
Two words: snow tires.
#55 of 81 Re: Honda FIt 08 Brake failure [susanfit08]
Apr 04, 2010 (6:15 am)
This is almost word for word what happened to my 08 fit. They didnt total my car but almost 6000 in damage. I believe they (Honda) may be starting to realize there is a problem. My ex husband has a 08 element and they just sent him a recall notice for brake failure. Honda will not own up to the fact that the braking system is a lemon to say the least. The dealer wont (or cant) say they agree and tell you to have the insurance co investigate. After 3 weeks of a rental car I needed (financially) my car back. I too have a small child and it is quite unnerving to say the least but I have no other option to get a new car. The best of luck to you. At least we can all, and there are many of us, state that the braking system is a total
#56 of 81 Re: Same problem [evalenti]
Apr 15, 2010 (5:13 am)
Have you made any headway with the class action suit? Have you heard anything from Honda?
#57 of 81 Re: Same problem [susanfit08]
Apr 15, 2010 (5:28 am)
Honda dealership tells me they can find nothing wrong with my car and just give me a blank stare. I haven't had much time to pursue the attorney avenue. Instead, I made a complaint on line at NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration). They gather data on specific vehicle complaints and look for trends and patterns. The form is very easy to navigate and only takes a couple of minutes to fill out. I encourage everyone who has experienced a safety issue with their Honda Fit to report it immediately. They will conduct an investigation and get back with you if they need more information. After doing some research, I believe that NHTSA is the best manner to achieve my goal of getting the Fit recalled for safety issues. Good luck!
#58 of 81 Re: wheel sensor on ABS brakes [carfit4me]
Jul 17, 2010 (12:06 pm)
I want to thank you for your original posting and for keeping up with it. I'm at the dealer now waiting for my '08 Fit Sport to come off the lift for it's 75K service. The only issue I've had with this car, to date, is the ABS "drop 'n' grind".
The pedal drops and the ABS kicks in when it shouldn't. Mine mostly happens in the warmer weather, strangely enough. I've been complaining about this to my dealer for the last 40K+ miles to no avail. I've also presented your thread several times since finding it about 20K ago. Today, the "drop 'n' grind" happend to the tech, FINALLY!!! He originally told me it was working as expected and there was nothing he could do about it. He did have to go to extremes, which could legitimately have caused a wheel to slide (left turn onto a small sand patch while braking). I kept the pressure on and mentioned your posting, AGAIN. This time he and the service consultant told me to share the posting and they would speak to their manager.
At 60K I shared your post with a service consultant, who is no longer with the dealer, and he finally noted it in the computer. I do have my prior complaints scribbled on the work orders, however.
Today is a good day. I suggest any of you Fit owners who recognize this issue to stay on your dealer. Thank you again for your post. Regardless of what happens, your post has been central to my arguments to this point.
#59 of 81 Re: wheel sensor on ABS brakes [freeweel]
Jul 17, 2010 (5:57 pm)
I'm so glad that someone at Honda is finally listening to you about your brake problems. Unfortunately, I was so afraid that I might be hurt in my Honda Fit I had to sell it for a huge loss. Furthermore, my insurance increased by $120 per month as a result of a "chargeable accident." Please notify NHTSA as soon as you can (as noted in my previous post). If they see a pattern, perhaps a life saving recall will be announced. Thanks for your feedback. Be safe!
#60 of 81 Loose control on snow & wet roads
Oct 03, 2010 (6:42 am)
I have such problems with losing control of my Honda Fit skidding on snow or wet roads, that I have finally decided I need to get a different car to be safe. I've driven in Northern Wisconsin all my life and to be sure I have lost traction a time or two in 40 years of driving, but never like this, never so often in such moderate conditions. Normally if I slid on snow or ice I slid in a straight trajectory. In the Fit, it feels as if the car jerks left or right causing you to lose traction. I have lost traction several times and floated across lanes before I recover – thank goodness I did not hit another car before recovering. I changed to snow tires, but that did not solve the problem, it did help with better recovery from a slid. It can just as easily occur in light snow or rain that should not cause a problems. In fact, I have felt a similar jerking left or right just crossing over a tar patch on the road, but in dry conditions it doesn’t lose traction. Honda dealer has never heard of a similar problem and therefore only recommends trying new tires. Well - I have changed tires twice in only 28,000 miles.
#61 of 81 Loose control on snow & wet roads
Oct 03, 2010 (12:56 pm)
Hi. Thank you for your post. At this point I have 80,000 miles on my fit and use Dunlop tires which as I recall the car came with. I have experienced the same thing you have in the past, and did have an instance of running into the back of another vehicle. Luckily, no one was hurt when I suddenly had no brakes at all. I attributed this to driving through a sudden flood and not waiting for the car to dry off first. I am now extremely careful in cold and wet weather. I slow down long before intersections that look wet or slippery. I do live in the Catskills where the winters can often be challenging, but have never used snow tires. Do find the ABS system challenging and weird in a way I cannot figure out. Never had this problem with my Honda civic onto which I put 300,000 miles. Sorry, that I can offer no help. Have sort of resigned myself to taking extra care, but have found no solution.
#62 of 81 Re: Loose control on snow & wet roads [oc2]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 03, 2010 (4:32 pm)
Are you saying it jerks left or right after you start sliding? That almost sounds like some kind of stability control/anti-lock brake behavior. My latest vehicle is my first with ABS and I'm planning on taking it out someplace safe when snow starts to fall to see how it's going to behave differently compared to our previous vehicle that didn't have ABS. I'm expecting a somewhat different type of feel as the ABS system tries to keep the wheels from locking up when I start to slide. I'm just wondering if you're experiencing something similar