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Honda Australia has recalled 11,009 current-shape Honda Jazz hatch and City sedan models over an engine issue.

The recall affects 2009 Honda City vehicles and 2009-2010 Honda Jazz models fitted with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

It marks the second recall of Jazz vehicles this year, with 27,156 first-generation models recalled in January over a wiring defect affecting the vehicles’ low beams.

The recall notice published on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) website explains:

“The sliding portion between the lost motion spring and rocker arm is not sufficiently lubricated for high surface pressure setting at low engine speed, potentially causing breakage of the auxiliary spring during usage.

“In the worst case, the engine may stall and will not restart.”

Honda Australia’s Mark Higgins confirmed all the vehicles within the recall range would be inspected. If no default is found the recall will take under an hour, and if the lost motion spring needs to be replaced, the process should take around two hours.

“Some will be replaced, some won’t,” Mr Higgins said. “Out of the 11,000 vehicles, it may only be 20, or 10, or 50 that need to be replaced. At this stage we don’t know, so all the vehicles in that range will be inspected.”

The recall has affected around 700,000 Honda Jazz (Fit), City and Freed models around the world. There was one incident of a spring breaking in an Australian vehicle last year. Mr Higgins confirmed the vehicle was repaired under warranty.

As mentioned above, the recall is the second for the Jazz this year, taking total numbers above two million, after a global recall of around 1.35 million vehicles in January.

Mr Higgins assured Australian consumers there was nothing to be worried about from a reliability perspective, and said that Honda was simply taking the safe and responsible course of action in issuing the recalls.

“Obviously not, there is nothing to be concerned about. The Jazz has been one of Honda’s most successful vehicles around the world.

“From time to time these manufacturers’ issues do take place. When they do, we react quickly.”

Honda Australia says it will contact owners of affected vehicles by mail. Owners are advised to contact their authorised Honda dealership for inspection and rectification.

  • Nick K

    Decent cars hurt by high prices and no stability control. Why would I pay more for a VTIs Jazz than a Polo, when the Jazz is tinny and plasticky in comparison and offers less safety? Honda can no longer premium price until the product catches up to VWs high standards of presentation… This is no longer 1989 Honda.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Maybe because the Jazz has space/load practicality/options the Polo can only dream of if that is what you are after in your small car. I am not saying it is better or worse, just that the Jazz fits some criterias better than the Polo and vice/versa.

    • MF

      I dont find polo appealing at all, just a normal car with VW logo. Unfortunately i also had very bad experience with VW.

      Considering polo is also more expensive than a jazz, dont you expect polo to be better anyway? However ,from the recent blog review of a new polo, the quality of vw (rain drops inside the cabin!?) is a big worry.

      • Nick K

        I personally have had a poor experience with my first VW Golf… it was a Wolfsburg built lemon. My second Golf (South African built) has been very good.

        I also get worried when I hear all of the bad stories about VW. JD Power rates VW (and all of the Germans) at about midfield when it comes to quality and reliability… around the same levels as GM and Ford. It is still true that Lexus, Toyota, Honda and Mazda are in the top quartile for quality and reliability. I just wish the Japanese presented their cars with VW like interiors, had more robust sheet metal and offered fuel saving autos and and a VW like engine choice.

  • Octavian

    Hondas are supposedly engineered very well, but aren’t perfect.

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    • asin

      I think that was only for the 1.3L models, which means if you want the bigger engine, u’ll have to get a 2010 plated car in Victoria anyway. Can anyone else confirm if the 1.5l is still without stability control?

      • Hay

        I can confirm all 1.5 models even built in 2010 (but with the designation MY11) have the VSA.

  • Nick K

    Agreed, One area that the Jazz shines is in interior room and flexibility. Imagine the Jazz with a CVT auto, better quality interior and a choice of a small diesel. Priced right this car should dominate… Alas, Honda has not done justice to some basically fine engineering. I know a hybrid Jazz is coming, but I remain unconvinced given the likely packaging issues, inability to tow and likely high prices. A diesel version on the otherhand would not have these issues.

    • Yonny

      A diesel Jazz. If only. It’d definitely be my next car.

  • vti07

    Honda City for the China market has a 1.8L engine option.

  • Westie

    Given this sounds like a design fault (not sufficiently lubricated, says Mr Honda rep), surely this will happen to more cars as they age. Honda’s effort at the moment sounds like “if it ain’t broke when we look, it should get to the end of the warranty”
    Still, I guess Honda doesn’t have much experience with recalls. Look at the mess Toyota made of it’s first few recently! Now, with some practice, they’re as good as GM or Ford or any of the others (let the abuse begin!)

  • Jazz Baby

    It’s Honda’s issue, but we are the ones suffering for it. The report states that “If no default is found the recall will take under an hour, and if the lost motion spring needs to be replaced, the process should take around two hours.” The letter I received advised that the dealer will require my vehicle for a full day!!!! The dealer won’t provide a replacement car for the day, so what am I supposed to do for transport?