Quality issues continue to be a major concern at Honda, as the Japanese automaker is forced to issue another recall campaign involving its top-selling Fit model.
Recalls related to Takata’s faulty airbags and quality issues with the Fit small cars and Vezel compact SUVs made Honda change its president one year ago, naming Takahiro Hachigo and replacing Takanobu Ito. But problems keep on emerging and the company will conduct anther recall, targeting more than 283,000 Fit and Vezel models in the aftermath of reports of six fires related to a control systems defect and two collisions linked to a power steering issue, said Yuichi Yamamoto, a Japan transport ministry official. This will be the sixth safety campaign involving these two models in three years. Furthermore, Honda was forced to bring back do dealers some of its 2016 Civic compact sedans this year, only a few months after the model made its official debut, because of potential engine failures, prompting important shifts at the company’s top management structure and organizational changes at its global operations.
Japan’s third-largest automaker said at that time that Chairman Fumihiko Ike would retire along with Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura and seven other top executives. After announcing these moves in February, the CEO said that recent problems were driven by Honda’s desire to “launch models optimized for each region at a pace and scale beyond our means.” Therefore, vehicle development has to slow down in order to ensure the quality of the products.