Honda recalls almost half a million CRV SUV’s over power window switch failure

Over 489,000 Honda CR-V SUV’s across the US, Europe and Africa from the 2002-2006 model years have been recalled due to a failure in driver…

Over 489,000 Honda CR-V SUV’s across the US, Europe and Africa from the 2002-2006 model years have been recalled due to a failure in driver power window switch. It was found that in these affected vehicles, rainwater or any sort of spillages could enter in through an open driver’s window, which could find its way into the master power window switch, thereby causing electrical resistance leading to overheating, smoke and in some cases even fire.

Honda has informed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the recall and their decision to bring in all CR-V vehicles of the 2002-2006 model years for inspection, repair or even replacement of power window switches. These CR-V vehicles in Europe and Africa have also been affected due to the same problem and hence 220,000 CR-Vs in Europe and 98 in Africa will also be recalled. Till such repairs or replacements are carried out, owners are asked to park their CR-Vs in the open. Recall will be effected by early November where customers will be intimated by mail or can visit www.recalls.honda.com for more information.

Honda, Japan’s third largest vehicle manufacturer has not given any estimates as to what this massive recall will entail. This recall has come after 600,000 Accord cars in N America were recalled over fears of power steering fluid leak causing engine bay fires. Last week 820,000 Civic cars and Pilot SUVs were recalled over headlight failure.

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Auto News Release

Statement by American Honda Regarding

Power Window Master Switch Recall: 2002-2006 Honda CR-V

TORRANCE, Calif. – Oct. 6, 2012 – Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 268,000 model-year 2002-2006 CR-V vehicles in the United States to inspect and repair or replace the power window master switch. Under severe conditions, rain water or other spilled liquids may enter through an open driver’s window and enter the master power window switch on the driver’s door. 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. Additionally, if a switch melts, it could produce smoke and, potentially cause a fire, creating a risk to motor vehicle safety. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, but there have been four switch fires reported.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in early November 2012. In addition to contacting customers by mail, in early November, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.

Vehicle Make / Model: HONDA / CR-V
Model Year(s): 2002-2006
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Report Receipt Date: OCT 05, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V486000
NHTSA Action Number: EA11004
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 268,655

Summary

Honda is recalling certain model year 2002-2006 CR-V passenger vehicles, manufactured from February 19, 2002, through July 28, 2006. The driver-side power window switch may fail or melt.

Consequence

If the switch fails, it could overheat, smoke, and cause a fire. A switch failure, and a fire, could occur even if the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the recall repair has been performed.

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the switches, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, November 2, 2012. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Notes

Honda’s campaign recall number is S61. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.