A woman in the Honda Fit Owners Group on Facebook was able to get a loaner from Honda . The dealership said no, but she called Honda Customer Service and they said they'd cover the cost. But it isn't automatic. You have to call and make your case.
Here's what I posted in the group:
Feb. 15th has passed, and you can find out with your VIN number at the below site if your 2009-2014 Honda Fit has a Takata airbag that's being recalled.
The Honda vehicles in the latest round of recalls include:
• 2007-2011 Honda CR-V
• 2007-2014 Honda Ridgeline
• 2009-2014 Honda Fit
• 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
• 2010-2014 Honda Insight
• 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
There have been prior recalls affecting 2001-2005 Honda Accords and Civics.
They fear that the airbags have a defect that could develop over many years especially in high humidity where in an accident the airbag inflator ruptures causing metal shards to fly into the occupants of the vehicle.
If your car is on the recall list, Honda will notify you within 60 days. The parts for the recall are not available until this summer. The priority will be recalled Honda's in high humidity areas of the U.S. The states are listed in the recall notice. Honda will notify you again when the parts are available. If you call Honda Customer Service and press your case, you will probably get a loaner until this summer but you have to call. It's not automatic.
There have been 100 injuries and 10 deaths worldwide blamed on the defect, but I believe mostly in the U.S. over the past 11 years in different makes and models but mostly Honda.
Last April, a woman in Louisiana in a 2005 Honda (Civic or Accord) was killed. The recall notice arrived at her home while she was in the hospital. She died four days after the crash. A man in South Carolina in a 2006 Ford Ranger in December was also killed. And a woman around 2012 in a 2005 Honda Accord was paralyzed in Florida and is suing Takata. The case is at trial in Florida now. An engineer testified that people at Takata fabricated test data to submit to Honda. Takata denies the allegation that it doctored data and insists its airbags are safe, but Honda announced that it dropped Takata as an airbag supplier in November.
Also some Accords have been recalled recently for defective Continental airbags that could deploy when there's no impact or could fail to deploy in a crash.
Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler Benz (Mercedes) and other carmakers have also announced recalling vehicles due to the Takata airbag issue. So if you have other vehicles, check them at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/
But be aware that this database may not be immediately updated.
No 2015 or 2016 Honda Fits are believed to be part of the recall, but I checked the VIN for my 2016 just in case and there are no open recalls. It is unclear who made the airbag for my car.
Recall Information for Safety & Defects | Honda Owners Site