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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,478 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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2013 Honda Fit body / paint problems

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2013 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 142016


  • 42,000 miles


My 2013 Honda Fit caught fire on 14jun2016. The cause of the fire remains unknown, but it should be noted that there have been recalls having to do with fires with this vehicle. I was driving on the NJ turnpike, and while I was in the car, the vehicle's engine began smoking, there was a fire on the passenger side as well as on the floor in the rear of the vehicle between the driver/passenger seats and the back seats. I suffered second and third degree burns on my hands and arms as a result of this incident, was taken to the emergency room, had several follow ups with the burn surgeon and also had to start therapy for post traumatic stress disorder. Accountability for this incident is highly necessary.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 092014


  • 15,000 miles
This car was in an accident, it was rear-ended by another vehicle. This Honda Fit was stopped in traffic at a construction zone in Suburban cary, nc when it was hit from behind by a small truck that was going approx. 45+ mph. The impact pushed the Fit forward into some construction materials. The truck driver was found fully responsible for the crash and was not injured. For the Fit, air bags inflated for the passenger side but none for the driver. Fortunately, the driver was the only person in the Fit. As shown in pictures (attached), the driver' seat tipped backwards from it's upright position. The head rest completely fell off and ended up in the back seat, giving the driver minimal protection. In addition, a metal bar under the driver's seat was thrust forward, causing a deep and large hematoma in the driver's leg.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 222015


  • 31,351 miles
Took 2013 Fit to dealer due to car noise underneath and car wanting to stall at stops, or while waiting for lights to change. Mechanic found debris/part of a feather on map sensor of which he kept. I was told that this rarely ever happens to Honda cars and warned that my extensive warranty that I purchased does not cover debris from roads. I am shocked to read that there are vents below the license plate holder near the road, wide enough to significantly expose the engine to damage from road debris such as a big rock, this causes road debris to enter and hit the A/C condenser only inches behind the opening. In my case, one week after taking my car to the dealer for stalling caused by map sensor debris I had a car accident. The front bumper fell off the Honda Fit and exposed 4 very large, although dead, intact birds next to my engine with many feathers, two on each side of the front bumper. The police office told me to contact Honda as they needed to be made aware of the problem. I called the dealership and they denied any responsibility. Told me that I can contact the national center for dispute settlement located in my car manual if I wanted. I am terrified to drive this car. Why hasn't Honda been forced to provide a grill cover or other form of protection?? I strongly feel that the Honda Fit 2013 is a very dangerous vehicle and may caused me many costly repairs. I hope someone hears me and addresses this problem before a fatal accident occurs. Additionally, I have pictures of the four large adult birds lying inside the front bumper of my car as evidence that Honda "must" address this issue as soon as possible.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 032014


  • 9,000 miles


There are "vents" below the license plate holder near the road, wide enough to significantly expose the engine to damage from road debris such as a big rock. This causes road debris to enter and hit the A/C condenser only inches behind the opening. I have researched this problem and have seen this reported 3 times in several years to From model year 2010 to 2014. Honda had a problemwith other Honda car models which resulted in a successful class action lawsuit. Honda still does not provide a grill cover or other form of protection despite the lawsuit and reports. They also do not cover the repairs with their manufacture warranty. To have a 9 month old 2013 automobile have to have air conditioning replacement is outrageous. This is a edesign defect and Honda should address the issue which may be of safety when people stop on the side of the road to address it regularly. The repairs are approx. $1,000 each and it seems Honda may be running a racket with this recurring defect issue.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 202013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 1,373 miles
I was doing a parallel parking on a quiet city street. I was doing 3 or less miles per hour when suddenly my brakes failed and my car continued to go! it ran into the sidewalk and some bushes. I was horrified not being in control anymore. I turned off the engine with my key. The front of my car has been damaged a lot. It is at a mechanic and bodywork shop. I would like to be able to sue the maker of my car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 092013


  • 141 miles
I was entering a parking place at approximately 3 mph, trying to adjust the angle of entry. When I stepped on the accelerator the car bolted forward. I applied the brake but the acceleration was too fast to keep the brake from stopping the car from colliding with the guard rail. The impact caused the air bags to eject. The hood was dented, the right fender and bumper were disengaged from the body and the right headlight was broken. The repair came to over $10,000. If the guard rail hadn't stopped the car it would have gone over from the 6th floor to the 5th floor. Fortunately my passenger and I were not injured due to the air bags ejecting. My concern with this car is that the accelerator pedal is too "touchy." The dealer had his mechanic check the car after it was fixed declaring that this was the nature of that model. Had I known that I would not have purchased the car. I'm still wary about driving the car three months later.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

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