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Honda recalls 268,000 CR-Vs over possible fire risk

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Honda is recalling approximately 268,000 CR-V vehicles, model-year 2002-2006, due to concerns about the power window master switch, which in some conditions could start a fire.

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Honda said it its statement that it will voluntarily take vehicles in the United States to inspection and will replace or repair the power window master switch. The problem could be caused by water: under severe conditions, rain or other spilled liquids may enter through an open driver's window and enter the master power window switch on the driver's door.

Since water and electronic is a dangerous combination, exposure to water or fluids can over time cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt. Additional damage could be wire harness but melting is the worst: it could produce smoke and potentially cause a fire. Fortunately, no crashes or injuries related to this issue have been reported yet, but there have been a small number of switch fires reported.

Honda U.S. calls owners of all model-year 2002-2006 CR-Vs to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda. Notification will be made to customers in early November 2012. Owners of those vehicles will also be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to or by calling (800) 999-1009 and selecting option 4.

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