The original 2015 Fit received a score of ‘marginal’ in the tricky small overlap test back in March, which was deemed unacceptable by Honda. Engineers then adjusted the welding process for the front bumper beam to improve the score, which moved up to an ‘acceptable’ rating in a second test taken in July.
This change in production was implemented on June 9, which means that roughly 12,000 Fits were produced and sold to customers without the improved welds. Now, Honda is voluntarily calling all those cars back so that it can make the necessary changes to improve crash worthiness.
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Thanks to the retesting of the Fit in July, the car has earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the first small overlap test, the bumper beam broke free of the frame rail causing the impact energy to go mainly into the driver side of the car, resulting in excessive movement of the steering column and intrusion into the cabin. After the new welding process was implemented, the bumper beam stayed attached, improving the car’s crash performance quite a bit.
“We commend Honda for its quick response to the test and for taking the additional step of replacing the bumper beams on early-production vehicles,” says IIHS President Adrian Lund. To earn a Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must score top marks in every crash test and at least an ‘acceptable’ rating the small overlap test.
The small overlap test was introduced in 2012. It runs 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side into a rigid barrier, which could be a telephone pole or tree, at 40 mph.
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