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NHTSA opens up defect investigations on Honda and Mini

Consumer Reports News: September 29, 2010 08:08 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened up investigations on the 2007-2008 Honda Fit and the 2004-2005 Mini Cooper, Cooper S, and the 2005 Mini Cooper convertible.

NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has received eight complaints from Honda Fit owners that the low beam headlights have stopped working. Some report replacing the wiring harness connector and headlight switch to fix the problem.

The ODI has also received 54 complaints about the Mini Cooper alleging the loss of power steering assist while driving the vehicle. If the power assist stops working, more force is needed to steer the vehicle and drivers have reported difficulty trying to control the vehicle. A failure of the power steering pump may be the cause of the problem.

No injuries have been reported as a result of these complaints.

By opening up an investigation, NHTSA will determine the extent of the problem and whether Honda and Mini should issue a recall to provide a fix.

Liza Barth

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