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Honda Fit Lighting and Electrical Questions



  • bprendersonbprenderson Posts: 99

    Please check that again. I suspect the Pass Air Bag light will only be lit, for more that a few seconds, when it is manually turned off. Thanks....

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    How do you know the occupant classification system (OCS) is operating correctly then? Suppose a small child sits in the front seat (yes, I know they are not supposed to, but I know it happens). What you are saying is that the OCS light will flash for a few seconds, then go off. But the airbag will not be activated. In every other car I have seen with an OCS light, the light stays on until the passenger airbag is activated.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    I'm pretty sure the air bag off light will only stay on if there is some light wieght in the seat like a child, and then it will light up and stay on. It will be off if no one is in the seat or an adult is in the seat.
  • carfanatic007carfanatic007 Posts: 267
    "How the Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works: This indicator alerts you that the passenger's front airbag has been shut off because weight sensors detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less (the weight of an infant or small child) on the front passenger's seat. It does not mean there is a problem with the airbag. Be aware that objects placed on the front seat can cause the indicator to come on. If no weight is detected on the front seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off. However, the indicator will not come on. The passenger airbag off indicator may come on and off repeatedly if the total weight on the seat is near the airbag cutoff threshold." Question for other Fit owners: Does your Passenger Airbag off Indicator light come on when you start the car and then shut off within a second or so, whether or not someone is sitting in the passenger seat? I have never had advanced airbags like this, so its kind of confusing.
  • suetersueter Posts: 15
    I believe my light comes on briefly, like a lot of the other lights -- just to show that it still works. It then turns off unless I've thrown my purse/bags on the seat.
  • jrlncjrlnc Posts: 48
    This was the second day after that message came on. I had tightened the thing and drove normally back and forth to work 2 days and then filled up again this afternoon. The warning message was really bugging me so I called the dealer that I bought it from to see if they had any ideas. They told me that if I brought it in within 30 minutes they'd put me first in line.

    I took it right over to Vann York Honda and sure 'nough the guy I talked to waved me right in to the garage area. Their staff seemed in a jovial mood before the holiday weekend and looked as though their daily workload had been whittled down already. Everyone was waiting for 5:30 to roll around. Anyway the Service Manager and a mechanic immediately started diagnostics on my car while I stood by and chatted with the Service Writer. A few other people came over and talked with me (employees and other Honda owners). Everyone was admiring the Fit and the color asking: "How do you like it?", "How is the handling ?", "How's the gas mileage?", "Is it smooth riding?", etc. This little visit gave me a favorable impression of the dealership's service department since I really hadn't dealt with them yet.

    I glanced over at my Fit and saw the Service Manager plug a small laptop computer into some receptacle under the dash. He was talking to the mechanic while the engine was running and I saw the mechanic open and then close the gas cap during their test.

    After about 10 minutes the Manager approached me and said there was nothing seriously wrong with my Fit. Neither the fuel system vacuum nor the sensor nor the gas cap were faulty. He said that if I had not sufficiently tightened the gas cap 1 time after a fill up it was enough to trip the sensor. His diagnostic check cleared the error. He told me in the future to turn the cap until it clicks SEVERAL times (10 or 20 just to make sure). Over-doing it won't hurt a thing.

    Anyway, I'm back to driving without that annoying message on the screen and happier than ever with my Fit. I just posted a new MPG update (36.85 MPG) which also made me happy. :)

    Later I celebrated by trying some tight turning circles and figures 8's in a nearby shopping mall parking lot. If anyone was looking, they probably thought I was weird. I've just always wanted to try that! Boy does that Fit have a tight turning radius and very nice steering and handling! It made me a little dizzy though! (It reminds me of the teacup ride at Disneyland.)
  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    The light on the dashboard comes on for a few seconds when you start the car. It will turn off (and stay off) if (1.) no one is sitting in the seat or (2.) a person over the 29kg weight limit is sitting in the seat.

    So far after 1300 miles the Passenger Airbag Off indicator has not come on at all, except for the first few seconds when I turn the car on.
  • boatfloydboatfloyd Posts: 29
    "So far after 1300 miles the Passenger Airbag Off indicator has not come on at all, except for the first few seconds when I turn the car on".

    I have about 1,100 miles on my Sport A/T Fit and the Passenger Airbag Off light only comes on for a few seconds, when I start the car.
    I will have to watch and see if it comes on, when My Lady's in the passenger seat. Maybe that's the ticket. Maybe the light will not come on at all if someone is seating in the seat?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    If the light comes on when your Lady is sitting in the seat, it means the airbag is not activated--which is a problem.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    If the light comes on and stays on when Your Lady is in the car, I would guess that she's either a real light-weight or else there's something wrong with the airbag (I know, poor joke, but it's early enough in the morning that my humor is a little tilted).

    As far as my Fit goes, the light comes on briefly when it is started, then goes off again. It's done that under 3 different conditions - when unoccupied, when I'm the occupant (100 lbs) and when my hubby is the occupant (about 200 lbs.). I haven't had the light come on and stay on, though the most junk I've had on the seat (my other half is NOT junk!) is less than about 10 lbs. Has anyone had that happen yet?
  • sfinstersfinster Posts: 17
    My son is 65 pounds soaking wet. I let him try riding in the front seat. The "Passenger Airbag Off" light remained lit as long as he was in the seat, which wasn't long, much to his dismay. He's back in the back seat until he can grow a little more.
  • tsgeiseltsgeisel Posts: 352
    Boy does that Fit have a tight turning radius

    Really? I did a quick check, and Edmunds puts it's turning radius at 35.6 ft. My Elantra's turning radius is 32.5 ft, and it's technically a full size class up.

  • jrlncjrlnc Posts: 48
    Honda's official number for the Fit turning radius is 34.4.
    I felt that it was pretty good compared to my old Altima. Your Elantra has a VERY tight turning radius. It's even better than the Toyota Yaris (32.6). My perception is that the Fit is much more maneuverable than my previous car in parking situations.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    How old is your son? Anyone that small should be riding in back anyway, which you recognize.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    The car is saying the oil is down to 30% so I'm starting to think about going to the dealership. Other than adjusting the low beam headlights, I can't think of anything else to bring to their attention.
  • I really noticed the low beams last night coming home from work. We had a power outage on part of the Highway. It seems as though they only go about 70-100 feet and just die! Has anyone had there low beams raised? If so, did it improve the low beams?
  • sfinstersfinster Posts: 17
    He's almost 14, but he's small. I made his sister ride in the back until she was 15, because she was small, too.
  • atomzatomz Posts: 4
    I was in the dealership very interested in purchasing the Honda fit, when i noticed how easy it was to lift up the rear seat. I might be thinking way too much, but doesnt that seem dangerous that it requires maybe 5 pounds of pressure to lift it? I was even able to sit in the seat lift with my arm and dislodge it. If an adult were to have his legs in the space provided under the seat and there was an accident do you think he could pull it up with his legs there by dislodging it, and do some real damage to his back, neck or head? There is a lever to bring the other part of the seat down, why not the bottom? I really like the car but for some reason this is bothering me.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Just my observation from my own car, but when the bar of the seat bottom is in place and the seat back locked in place, it's there pretty solidly. I've always had to release the seat back to lift the seat bottom, so I don't think your scenario is that likely in mine, especially if the back passenger has their seat belt buckled. Their rear end would remain where it is, at most their knees might meet their chest. Can't see any possibility of them hurting their neck or head just because their knees come up. It's not like the whole seat bottom can come loose, the back of the seat bottom is fixed.
  • atomzatomz Posts: 4
    It is funny you should say that about needing to release the seat back first because the first 2 dealerships i went too that was the case too. But this dealership the 2 fits i tried I didnt and it was easier to lift than opening a refrigerator door. That is why i was asking, what people thought about the safety of it and if it could become a serious problem.
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