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Recall Alert: Honda Fit

Posted: Feb. 01, 2010

Honda has issued a recall order for about 650,000 Fit subcompact cars (141,000 in the U.S.) from model years 2007 and 2008, in order to correct a window switch defect that could lead to a vehicle fire.

The window switch, Kicking Tires explains, “can overheat if exposed to liquid. It can smoke, melt and even catch fire. Unfortunately, a fatal accident involving a child led to the recall.”

The fatal accident occurred in South Africa, Business Week notes, “Two fires caused by short-circuited power window switches have been reported in the U.S., Honda spokeswoman Yasuko Matsuura said.”

The recall notice has not yet been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The automaker will mail a recall notice to Fit owners in coming weeks, but those who wish to co-ordinate early repairs may contact Honda at (800)999-1009. In the meantime, USA Today advises, “Until U.S. customers are notified of the recall by mail, they should keep their windows rolled up during rain or snow.”

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Honda recalls 646,000 small cars globally for faulty window switch

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 2:39 PM EST.(Employee News)

Honda Motor Co. recalled 646,000 of its Fit/Jazz and City automobiles globally over a faulty window switch after a child died when fire broke out in a car last year, Reuters reported.

The recall includes 141,084 vehicles in the United States and covers the models sold in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa and Asia, but not Japan, a spokeswoman said, the news service said. The Fit is Honda’s best-selling model in Japan, Reuters noted.

The U.S. recall covers Fits from model years 2007 and 2008, Honda spokeswoman Christina Ra said in the report. Honda said the recall was to fix a defective master switch, which could allow water to enter the power window switch and in some cases cause a fire, the story said. (Reuters)
 
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