2002-2006 Honda CR-V Recall Issued For Fire Risk

October 7, 2012

Honda is recalling certain 2002-2006 model year CR-V compact crossovers for a faulty driver’s-side power window switch that may malfunction and start a fire.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of CR-Vs potentially affected at 268,655. Affected vehicles were built from February 19, 2002 through July 28, 2006.

2002 Honda CR-V

2002 Honda CR-V

Documentation from Honda (PDF) breaks down the range of build dates and indicates that the recall affects both two- and four-wheel drive CR-Vs from the 2006-2006 model years.

The problem

Honda says that under severe conditions, water or other fluids may enter through an open driver’s window, reaching the master power window switch on the door. Over a period of time, exposure to water and fluid can cause electrical resistance in the switch. Ultimately, this condition can cause overheating and melting of the switch, damaging the switch and potentially the associated wire harness.

Switch melting could also produce smoke and then a fire, even if the vehicle is not in use at the time. Honda is advising 2002-2006 CR-V owners to park their vehicles outside until the repairs have been performed.

The Detroit News said that Honda received reports from owners of four fires, which helped prompt the recall.

What Honda will do

Honda will notify owners and dealers will inspect and repair the switches, as necessary, at no charge. The Honda safety recall is expected to begin on or about November 2, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2002-2006 Honda CR-Vs with any questions or concerns may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.  Reference the Honda recall campaign No. S61.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V486000.

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