2006 Honda CR-V, 2011 Honda CR-Z: Recall Alert

September 6, 2011

Honda is conducting two separate voluntary recalls of nearly 86,000 vehicles, set to begin in late September. The recalls involve 80,111 2006 Honda CR-V vehicles and 5,626 2011 Honda CR-Zs.

In the larger of the two recalls, the issue is the power window master switch in certain 2006 Honda CR-V vehicles, the design of which, Honda says, can allow residue from interior cleaners to accumulate over time and cause degradation of the switch’s electrical contacts. Over time, this condition could lead to a fire in the switch.

The Detroit News reports that the U.S. government had reports of five fires related to the power window master switch. Honda says there have been no injuries or deaths in connection with the CR-V issue.

2011 Honda CR-Z

2011 Honda CR-Z

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The smaller recall involves an update of software controlling the hybrid electric motor in 5,626 2011 model year CR-Z vehicles equipped with manual transmission. At issue here, according to the Japanese automaker, is that when the gasoline engine is stalled with the battery in a very low state of charge and the transmission is in gear, it is possible for the electric motor to rotate in the direction opposite that selected by the transmission. Should this occur, and the driver has not applied the brakes, the vehicle could then roll slowly in an unexpected direction. For example, when the CR-Z’s transmission is in forward gear, the vehicle could roll backwards, according to Honda.

The automaker said there have been no reports of injuries or deaths in connection with the CR-Z issue.

What owners should do

Honda will begin sending recall notifications to owners of affected vehicles in both campaigns in late September 2011. The automaker is encouraging owners to wait for their recall notification letter and then bring their vehicle to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as possible.

In addition, after Honda has sent notification to owners of affected vehicles, owners of 2006 Honda CR-V and 2011 Honda CR-Z vehicles can go online to www.recalls.honda.com to determine if their vehicles require repair. At that time, late September, they may also call Honda at 1-800-999-1009, and select option 4.

[Honda, Detroit News]

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