really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,923 miles

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2009 Honda Fit steering problems

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2009 Honda Fit Owner Comments

problem #18

Nov 082016


  • 108,000 miles


On 11-8-16 I was driving my car on a street. Just before I was coming up to a traffic light, I notice the radio going in and out and then the steering wheel getting stiff. I went through the light onto a highway and pulled over and shut the engine off. I called a friend, who helped me out. After restarting car it did not reoccur but still have big concerns.

- Pinon Hills, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 182016


  • 2 miles
While turning onto a street from a stopped position, my wheel jerked, the car completely off then back on again but the steering was stuck. I couldn't turn the wheel and when it would let me the radio system would go out and the car would shut off and back on after the steering wheel jerk again.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jul 082016


  • 25,000 miles
On my 2009 Honda Fit sport with approximately 25,000 miles, the electric power steering (eps) warning light on the dash illuminated and the power steering assist stopped working while the car was in motion on a public highway. I stopped and turned the engine off and the eps reset itself and shortly tripped out again and again. I contacted the Honda dealer and the service manager said that problems like this are rare.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #15

Jun 012016


  • miles


Power steering turns off and on randomly, steering trouble light comes on within a few seconds. When this happens, steering becomes very difficult. If it happens while turning, steering wheel can jerk out of your hands. Happens much more often when outside temperature is hot. Occurs randomly, while moving or not.

- Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

problem #14

May 152016


  • 120,000 miles
Intermittent failure of power steering occurred while the car was in reverse at low speed. Failure was accompanied by a humming sound.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #13

Apr 222016


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering seized for approximately three seconds. The failure occurred intermittently without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000

- Charleston, TN, USA

problem #12

Feb 062016


  • 112,000 miles


While driving on two occurrences, both city street and freeway, the electric power steering (eps) indicator lit up and power steering malfunctioned and shut down. My daughter had to pull off the side of the road as she felt so unsafe without any power steering and felt a complete loss of control of the vehicle. There was no warning and occurred while in motion. The eps warning indicator was intermittent and disappeared when the car was turned off and restarted. However, the eps warning reoccurred while driving on the freeway the same day. The 2007-08 Honda Fit models received extended warranties for the same eps malfunction problems, along with eligibility for goodwill consideration. That is not the case for the 2009 models. Due to the extreme danger of not knowing when the eps malfunction would occur again, the car is being repaired with a complete new eps system which will be costing us over $1000 for parts/labor.

- Clyde Hill, WA, USA

problem #11

Sep 132015


  • 182,000 miles
This has happened 3 times since I have had the car. At speed, while driving the power steering just stops working making the car very hard to steer. There is no reason for it and after 5 to 10 seconds it comes back. Very scary without warning. Also no warning lights on the dash come on when this happens.

- Johnstown, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 152015


  • 63,250 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. While driving at any speed, the power steering failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion power steering system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred and an unknown warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred on seven occasions while driving. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,250.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 142015


  • 77,000 miles
3X while driving the electronic power steering light came on. I lost power steering for 2-3 seconds each time which spontaneously restored itself while driving. Each time this happened the radio would also cut out for the duration of the incident. This is the first time I have ever lost power steering or had the electronic power steering light come on.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 132014


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Fit. While driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering failed and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The contact pulled the vehicle over and shut off the engine. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure occurred intermittently. The dealer reset the power steering software, but the failure recurred. An independent mechanic stated that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 162014


  • 79,000 miles
When accelerating through a right-hand turn onto a highway on-ramp, all power and power steering in the car turned off, only to turn back on about a second later of it's own Accord when I was nearly off the road.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 312012

Fit 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Driving solo, speed below the 65 mph speed limit, in left lane of a four lane divided highway (state highway 1, southbound, approximately 1/4 mile before airport bl exit). Highway was being repaved. Left lane was finished, and asphalt raised between 4 and 6 inches above right lane. Steered to the right to avoid construction debris and right front wheel went partially off the raised pavement onto the old pavement. Steering wheel suddenly veered to the right and would not allow correction to be made to the left. No steering control at all. Steering locked in position and resisted all efforts by driver to move steering wheel from fixed position. Vehicle left the road onto the unpaved shoulder and did a complete rollover. Side airbags deployed. Roof crushed and extensive body damage - judged total loss by insurance company. Driver suffered severe fractures of the left arm and wrist requiring surgery, and multiple contusions. Lengthy physical therapy and rehabilitation required and suffers permanent impairment of left arm.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 092013


  • 47,356 miles
While driving down a steep hill, the power steering warning light came on and the steering became very heavy an pulled to one side. The warning ligth was on for under 5 seconds and later disappeared and steering became normal again. This problem would again happen intermittently over the course of a week. We took the car to the Honda dealer to check on the problem. They said the battery was low and replace the battery. The problem returned again and the dealer could not offer a solution.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #4

Jun 252013

Fit 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The steering wheel become extremely hard to turn. I had to turn the car off and restart the car. This has happened multiple times.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #3

Feb 222013


  • 79,000 miles
The power steering has been intermittently going out on random occasions for up to 20 seconds at a time. This happened several times while driving on the freeway and in the middle of turns. I can handle power steering going out, but if it happens to happen at the wrong time, that is a major safety issue. I have taken it to two different mechanics and neither have been able to figure out what is wrong.

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102010

Fit 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
While driving the power steering suddenly became tight to turn, and the eps indicator light came on. The engine had to be turned off, and when restarted the steering got back to normal again, and the eps indicator light was off. However, it happened again several times, sometimes back-to-back during the same drive. It happened at least 20~25 times in the past couple of years; and finally I took it to the Honda service shop for repair recently.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #1

Feb 142012


  • miles
Power steering has gone out intermittently while driving 4 times now. Dealer was not able to find the source of the problem.

- Athens, GA, USA

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