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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,159 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Honda Fit lights problems

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2008 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 022016


  • 150,000 miles


Low beam lights due not function.lots of similar complaints on the computer.called the Honda garage where I purchased the car and they said they would charge me to look at it and troubleshoot the problem.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 142016


  • miles
Low beam lights doesn't turn on or turns off by itself

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 202015


  • 114,386 miles
Combination headlight switch was faulty. While low beams are on, toggling the right turn signal activates the high beam. I brought the car to the dealer and performed the headlight switch recall hoping it would get fixed but the recall only addressed the wiring harness. The problem persisted after the recall. I googled it and it is a common problem. Told the dealer about what I found online and was charging me extra for diagnostics and replacing the part. They told me the recall did not include replacing combination switch itself. Then, I bought an oem replacement and replaced it myself which fixed the problem.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 182015


  • 179,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Fit. While driving 55 mph, the high beam lamps became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,000.

- Bushkill , PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 172014

Fit 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
At 5am while headed to work, I noticed the headlights were not on, despite the switch being in the on position. There was a recall previously for the exact same issue. It appears the fix was only temporary, as the exact same issue has popped up again. Low-beams do not work, but hi-beams and foglights work.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 172011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
All front lamps have failed repeatedly, including low beam headlight. Headlamps have failed four times. Vehicle has been returned for service under safety recall notice, but lights continue to fail.

- Famington, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 042012

Fit 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Both low beam headlights and driving/fog lights stopped working. Problem was intermittent. Hi-beams continued to work. Eventually replaced light bulb and problem went away for several weeks. Problem has recurred, again with both low beam and fog lights not working occasionally. Now suspect a switch problem.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #5

May 102012

Fit 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Purchased this car as a certified used car in November 2010 from tarrytown Honda. Numerous incidents of stopping on the road with this car since June 2011 but this is the latest incident. Previous incident also reported on this website. Also filed complaint with american Honda in September 2011 (case#N0122011-09-0701741) and filed for nys lemon law arbitration in 2011 but never received a response. Car dashboard lighting started to go while driving and steering difficult. Car stopped after coming off of brooklyn bridge on 5/10/12 and had to be frantically pushed to the side of the road with help of good samaritan and my passenger because hazard lights wouldn't remain on. Car was towed to Honda dealership by aaa. Car completely died on the road in the middle of highway traffic with steering impossible and hazard lights not operable. Dealership states that alternator and battery need replacement - for the second time in one year! I belong to a Honda Fit online forum where other Honda Fit owners complain of the same problem. The dealership has not been able to resolve the problem since the first incident in June 2011 and I maybe injured or killed if I continue to drive this car.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 162011

Fit 4-cyl

  • 19,157 miles
Re: 2008 Honda Fit sport - a few weeks after having the headlight safety recall for 2007-08 Honda Fit vehicles from Honda service performed on the vehicle we started to notice that the high beams would come on when the right turn signal was activated while the headlights were on. Honda diagnosed as the headlight switch being defective and replaced the headlight switch under warranty. A few weeks later the new headlight switch began displaying the same issue; with the headlights on, using the right turn signal would activate the high beams. Honda has now diagnosed the issue once again as the headlight switch being defective. Vehicle is out of warranty in a few weeks. Have contacted american Honda and opened a case on the ongoing issue. Think that their may be a large number of defective replacement headlight/turn signal switches currently being used for service. This will be the third headlight switch the vehicle has had.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #3

Jul 312010


  • 22,368 miles
The low beam headlights on my 2008 Honda Fit suddenly stopped working. Upon starting the car, the low beam headlights do not turn on though the high beams remain intact. This means that I have no headlights unless I drive with my high beams, which is distracting to other drivers and unsafe. I have not yet brought the car to the dealer to be fixed as this problem began very recently.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 252009


  • miles
Purchased (online) a set of "07-08 Honda Fit altezza jdm black tail lights light new" from a retailer located in Ontario, ca. (full information is available). - after receipt, the assemblies were inspected and determined to be missing the required side marker and reflector components. - also, the cutouts in the housing intended to mount the bulb sockets are not designed to securely hold the bulb sockets, particularly the reverse lamp which is barely capable of being installed. After the socket is installed, a jarring blow can cause the socket to fall out of the reflector housing, permitting the bulb to fall behind the reflector. Assemblies were not installed due to these safety hazards. I am currently contacting the seller regarding refund for this equipment. Manufacturer's markings and locations thereof: On reverse lens: "hft-tmc1" (appears twice, on opposing edges) on signal lens along bottom edge: "R" or "L", "hft-tmc2", "junyan" on vehicle (concealed) side: "W21W(21W)" (two locations), "W21/5W(21/5W)", "hft-TB", "lens:pc", "base:pc",and "rh" or "LH". on shipping box: "tlz-Fit-0106-bk-(6)"

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Fit. The Honda Fit sport is designed so that the instrument panel illuminates to full brightness as soon as the ignition is turned on--day or night. It cannot be turned off at all. (the dealer and manufacturer confirm this.) the problem is that I, like, I suspect, most drivers, rely on a dark car interior as a prompt to turn on the headlights at night. This week I have driven home from work three out of five nights with no headlights. (on one occasion I was prompted by a kind approaching driver who "blinked" me; on another I actually remembered to turn the lights on. The degree of illumination, incidentally, can be controlled when the headlights are on. The too-bright dashboard is a mild annoyance during the daytime, but that in itself would not merit a complaint. The major issue is this: I chose this car largely because of its excellent safety rating--and I now feel very unsafe when I arrive home and discover that I have just driving six miles on Chicago streets with no headlights. The contact purchased the vehicle in January of 2008 and has only been driving the vehicle during the day. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

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