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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,248 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 042014

Fit 4-cyl

  • 38,620 miles


I was driving a 2009 Honda Fit sport into a parking space at the store with my foot on the brake and speed was appropriate for pulling into a parking space ( approx. 3-5 mph.). at approx. 4-6ft from the parking cement block of the space, the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated with a violent surge and the RPM needle shot up to the top of the gauge and with in seconds I hit the large cement/metal handicapped sign/pole at the front of the parking space. The engine was still making the loud revving noise after the collision and the only way to stop it was to take out the keys. The only thing that stopped the car was the cement/metal pole. The car jumped the parking block and hit the pole. If the pole had not been there, somebody could have been killed as this car was no longer under my power.the airbag went off and I have serious contusions on my chest and side ( I assume from the airbag and seatbelt) and my right leg was injured as well. The bumper, hood and airbag, seatbelt were damaged, but the engine had no damage as far as I could tell. I contacted the dealership (West hills Honda bremerton) where the car was bought and serviced regularly and they said they couldn't help or did not want to. The service manager [xxx] called and left a message saying he has heard of this happening, but to call Honda America, which I did. The claims rep. ([xxx].) for Honda America had us meet a field rep.([xxx]) at dealership to perform tests. And of course they found no problem. As a sua does not leave a footprint when it happens. They did find obd2 codes PO171 and PO400 and said they were caused by crash. They also said the tire pressure light code was appearing even though the tires were fine when checked. The service manager mike said it could be an electronic problem. Hmm do you thing the electronic throttle cable might have a problem too? I will be seeking legal help! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 262014

Fit 4-cyl

  • 22,900 miles
My wife was driving the car when this happened. It has occurred twice. This vehicle has an electronic throttle system. The check engine light came on the car loses the ability to accelerate. I have not had it happen to me yet. I took the car to autozone and they read the stored codes from the obd system which indicated the throttle positioning sensor had generated a fault. The fault seems to go away and the check engine is no longer illuminated. It seems to go away by shutting off and restarting the car. This seems to be a considerable safety problem since you could get rear ended when this happens.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 272010


  • 13,500 miles
Hi, I would like to report a sudden acceleration problem with my 2009 Honda Fit sport model. The incidence happened while I was traveling between 5 to 10 miles per hour. I was trying to park the car. I let the car slowly rolled forward into the empty parking spot ahead. Because I was traveling at pretty low speed, so I only gently applied the brake pedal as I was getting closer to the empty parking spot. As I slowly pressed on the brake, the car just suddenly accelerated. The car shot ahead. I quickly released my foot on the brake pedal and applied the hand brake. After the car came to a complete stop, it actually rolled over on the side walk. Luckily, no one was on the sidewalk and no damage or injury occurred. I have been driving the Honda Fit for 1.5 year and this is the only time I noticed such a problem. I plan to bring the car in for service in the next few weeks.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 172010

Fit 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Fit. Consumer states unintended acceleration after collision the consumer stated he and his wife were sitting at a red light, when suddenly they were rear-ended. After they were hit from behind, the vehicle accelerated into the car in front of them, striking it in the rear as well. Despite the consumer having applied the brake as hard as he could, the vehicle continued to spin its wheels as if the accelerator was being floored. The consumer had the emergency brake on, and his foot was still on the brake. The only way the consumer was able to stop the vehicle was by turning off the engine. (the vehicle belongs to the consumers father).

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 052009


  • 6,220 miles
Leaving client's driveway, put car in reverse and backed out of driveway stopping at the opposite side, across the street. Turned steering in the direction I was heading and placed car in drive. Lifted my foot off brake and car took off without my foot touching the accelerator. It was like I had depressed the accelerator to the floor and my foot never touched the accelerator. I hit a parked car. I was terrified.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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