WASHINGTON - American Honda Motor Co. is recalling more than 143,000 MY 2007-2008 Honda Fit vehicles because of a problem with the low-beam headlights, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The problem stems from an error made during installation of the wiring harness for the combination switch that controls low head beam function. The wires for the lower beam circuit were pulled tighter than intended. After repeated use of the headlight switch, the electrical connector terminal for the low-beam headlight circuit can become worn as a result of this tension. This condition can result in low conductivity and cause an accumulation of copper oxide in the area of the contacts.

As a consequence, the low-beam headlights can become inoperative. To remedy the problem, dealers will inspect the low-beam terminal and perform any necessary repairs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around Jan. 21. 

Vehicle owners can contact Honda at (800) 999-1009.