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by Tim Beissmann

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.