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Honda sees the light, announces 1.35 million Fit recall

Honda Motor Co. is recalling more than 1.35 million Fit subcompacts because of wiring issues that could lead to failure in the vehicles’ low-beam headlights.

The recall includes 143,083 Fit vehicles in the United States from 2007 and 2008 model years, 734,392 Fits in Japan and about 380,000 similar Honda Jazz models in Europe, according to a Honda spokeswoman.

Honda detailed in a news release that a connector on a wiring harness could corrode and fail, which would extinguish the low beams. However, the high beams would still work. No accidents or injuries relating to the problem have been reported.

The recall follows an investigation begun in September by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after it received eight complaints Fit owners.

In January, Honda recalled about 141,000 Fits, also from the 2007-8 model years, for a fire hazard involving the power window switch. Honda reported two fires in the United States, neither of which caused injuries. A fatality in South Africa was related to the power window defect.

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