Honda is voluntarily recalling about 268,000 CR-Vs for a faulty master power window switch that can potentially cause a fire. The recall affects CR-Vs from the 2002 to 2006 model years. “Over time, exposure to water and other fluids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt, damaging the switch and potentially damaging an associated wire harness,” Honda says in a press release. “Additionally, if a switch melts, it could produce smoke and, potentially cause a fire, creating a risk to motor vehicle safety.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the switch can be damaged even if the vehicle is not being used. While no accidents or injuries have been reported, Honda says there have been four switch fires related to the faulty part.
This is the third major Honda recall since early September. The Los Angeles Times reports that nearly 1.4 million Civics, Accords and Pilots were recalled recently to deal with several different safety problems.
Honda recommends that owners park their CR-V outside until the vehicle has been repaired by an authorized Honda dealer. Honda is expected to mail out recall notifications by early November. For additional information and to find out if your CR-V is affected by the recall, visit www.recalls.honda.com or call 1-800-999-1009 and select option 4. Owners can also contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.
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