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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,180 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Honda Fit brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 142010

Fit 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


A vehicle stopped suddenly ahead of me on the bay bridge near sf, and even though I hit the brakes hard, the car did not stop as fast as I felt it should have. I did not think any more about it after the car was repaired, then last Wednesday, 10/05/11 I needed to make an emergency stop on the freeway. After hitting the brake with both feet, I watched helplessly as the car slowed but did not stop until I hit another vehicle. These are the only two 'rear end' collisions I have had in over 30 years of driving. I know that either of my previous two cars could have effectively stopped in the distance given. I am not sure the car will be repaired again, but if it is repaired I will never drive it again.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 232010


  • 11,557 miles
I bought a 2009 Honda Fit about a year ago and it only has 11557 miles on it. In just one day the breaks went bad. I had to just replace the front brakes. It was so bad they were metal on metal. Also had to have the rear brakes cleaned and adjusted. I brought it to the Honda dealership that I bought it from because I couldn't believe that a brand new car that only has 11557 miles on it would have to have the brakes fixed so soon. They couldn't explain it or couldn't give me any answers on the subject. I called many mechanics and they all told me that this shouldn't have happened so quickly and that Honda should have looked into it for me. Honda wanted to charge me $460 and every other mechanic said it would be under $300. I got 2 front disc pads replaced and the slides and pins cleaned, new front rotors and the rear breaks cleaned and adjust for $285 at guercio's auto and truck repair. I just don't understand how a car with only 11557 miles on it has to have the breaks replaced. I do not drive my car crazy, I do not drive excessively like Honda was trying to imply.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 152010


  • 8,000 miles
Brake pedal is spongy. Brake pedal depresses almost to the floor before brakes engage. Pedal will pump up. 2009 Fit with only 8000 miles on it.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 252009


  • 7,542 miles
Traffic was slowing down because of work on the side of the road. I tapped my brakes twice without any result. The next time I put my foot to the floor and the car would not stop. I ran into a truck. Since my car was low, the sensor did not go off with the air bags. I own a Honda sport Fit 2009.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #1

Apr 042009


  • 2,800 miles
My 2009 Honda Fit sport model will occasionally not stop when brakes are applied, but jump forward ten feet or so. On 4/4/09 this caused me to hit another car, resulting in $2400 body damage. Honda says nothing is wrong with the car--no computer codes--and will not try to repair it. I can no longer drive it safely, but cannot get Honda America to acknowledge problem or help me.

- Carbondale, IL, USA

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