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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,400 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 252009


  • 900 miles


After I'd had the car about a year, suddenly the driver's seat belt started locking up and preventing me from being able to move. This is ongoing. This happens when I lean forward only slightly. The only way to release it is to press into the back of the seat, but sometimes the belt continues to lock up every time I press back, to the point that there is no more room to release the tension on the belt. At this point I just have to take the belt off, while I'm driving. This overly-sensitive locking mechanism has become a hazard when I'm in heavy traffic and have to quickly check over my shoulder before changing lanes. I have to lean forward in order to see around the headrest, but I get trapped against the seat. Again, I have had to unfasten the belt in order to gain the mobility needed to drive properly. I brought this up to the dealer and he simply brushed it off, stating this was a safety feature. This is an improperly working safety feature, making it an unsafe feature. The date provided below is the approximate date the problem started. Another issue is that the rear view mirror is directly in my line of vision. I have to duck to look under it when I'm simply trying to see out the windscreen. This also is a hazard. Lastly, I find the windscreen frame on the left side is situated such that it perfectly blocks pedestrians who might be standing on the corner or entering an intersection. It's so wide and angled that it covers a larger area than most vehicles. The large windscreen is a nice feature, but not when it compromises side vision.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112012


  • 122,699 miles
Rear passenger fell asleep with right rear seat belt on. When at destination, seat belt was twisted and when the latch was released, the seat belt tightened around the passenger's waist and locked. It would not release and continued to tighten. The only way the passenger could get out was to cut the seat belt with scissors.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 102011


  • 22,000 miles
Seat belt on the passenger front side of our 2009 Honda Fit ratchets constantly when an adult is seated in this seat. We have attempted to deal with the dealer on multiple occasions and they tell us that this is normal operating conditions for our car. We have owned several vehicles and never had this occur prior to owning this car. I deam this to be a safety concern because we have to undo the seatbelt and completely let it go in and then put it back on every few miles or it will choke the passenger sitting in the seat. So we are doing this while driving daily several times each trip.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 192010


  • miles
Front seat passenger seatbelt locks and fails to release. This problem began shortly after we purchased our Honda Fit. It has occurred almost weekly. We have taken it into Honda service dept on several occasions but they have never found any problem. We have owned other Fits without ever experiencing this issue.

- Andover, MN, USA

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