It all started with one simple observation: the surplus of second-generation Honda Fit units running through the streets with the kneaded back cover.
A quick search on the internet showed that it was not just a coincidence. There are dozens of pages dedicated to the same theme.
This occurrence is reported, for example, by several members of the Honda Fit Club and the Fit Fans Forum. The subject is also known by a good deal of workshop owners or automotive centers.
“The problem is in the design of the lid: it is very exposed. In addition, the bumper is well below the normal market standard. Thus, any vehicle or obstacle a little higher will touch and sink the back cover, “explains Eduardo Viegas, owner of Viegas Automotivos Services, in Belo Horizonte (MG).
“That’s why we have seen an average of five cases a month since Fit was launched in Brazil.” If for the funillary this is synonymous with work, for the driver it is a loss and a headache.
“It was parked on a slope, when I released the parking brake and the vehicle leaned against a tree. It was enough for my car to have the typical crumple of Fit, “says Brunno Rodrigues, of Rio de Janeiro (RJ), owner of a 2009 model.
Because the bumper is flexible to absorb minor collisions and is close to the cap, it is common for the body to be damaged without leaving marks on the plastic part.
“I do not understand how the cap crumpled, because the bumper is intact,” says Carioca analyst Thiago Mattos, who has a 2009 Fit.
According to two sources linked to Honda, the brand is aware of this design flaw and, therefore, the new Fit – which will be released until September – will undergo changes in the bumper.
Its design will be more prominent and there will be a reinforcement bar behind to limit its deformation in order to avoid small dents.
Asked officially about the case, Honda said that in the development of Fit, it took into account the European standard ECE-R42 for performance in low speed impact scenarios.
Therefore the layout of each piece is fundamental to keep everything working, such as opening and closing the trunk, after minor collisions.
The people complain
“After a simple maneuver while parking, my wife found a dent in the lid of Fit’s trunk.” Joni Roberto Maron, retired, Porto Alegre (RS), owner of Fit 2016
“We have served an average of five cases per month since Fit was launched in Brazil.” Eduardo Viegas, owner of Viegas Serviços Automotivos, from Belo Horizonte (MG)
“I do not understand how the lid kneaded, because the bumper is intact.” Thiago Mattos, analyst, Rio de Janeiro, owner of a Fit 2009