Honda has urged the owners of more than 686,000 Fit and Jazz subcompacts worldwide to park them outside because the power window switches can catch fire. The company said that it is recalling Fit and Jazz cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Honda is telling the owners not to park them in garages until driver’s side door switches can be inspected. According to Honda, water can get inside the door through an open window and damage the switches, causing them to overheat and potentially sparking a fire. The automaker said the problem hasn’t caused any injuries. Seven switches have melted and two caused fires in the doors. No structure fires have been reported.
The recall covers more than 143,000 Fits in the U.S. and about 35,000 in Canada. The Fit and Jazz are the same car, but sold under different names in different markets. It’s the second recall of the cars for the same problem. In January 2010, Honda recalled the cars, but the repairs weren’t “sufficiently robust to ensure that all switches would be completely sealed against all possible moisture intrusion,” Honda said in a statement. All of the melted switches and fires apparently happened before the first recall.
Under the new recall, owners will be asked to take their cars to dealers, who will inspect the switches. If there is damage, the switches will be replaced. If there’s no damage, the cars will go back to the customers until enough parts are available to replace all of the switches, according to Honda. The automaker says that after the inspections, owners can safely park the cars in garages again. The repairs will be made for free. Honda started notifying owners about the recall last month. People with questions can call Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
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