No accident was reported from the defect, a Honda spokesman in Tokyo said.
Subject to the recall are cars built at Honda’s Suzuka factory in Japan between November 2001 and October 2007. About 735 000 units will be recalled in Japan, where the Jazz (called Fit in its home market) is the second most popular car behind Toyota’s Prius, excluding 660cc minivehicles.
Honda will also recall 143 000 Fits exported to the United States, and 385 000 units in Europe. The car will also be recalled in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Wheels24 awaits comment from Honda SA about the extent of the recall in South Africa and its impact on local owners.