Honda Recalls CR-Vs for Potential Fire Hazard

On the heels of last week’s recall of over 500,000 Accords for a potential engine fire risk, Honda is now recalling about 268,000 CR-V SUVs because of a problem with the power window master switch that could cause a fire.

In a statement from Honda, the company explained that in severe conditions, rain water that might enter the driver’s side window can enter the master power switch. This exposure to water can cause an electrical resistance in the switch, which could cause it to overheat, smoke, and start a fire. Four switch fires have been reported, but no crashes or injuries.

According to an article on, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that the recall affects model years 2002 to 2006.

The NHTSA said that a switch failure and fire could happen even if the car is off, so “owners are advised to park outside until the recall repair has been performed.” CR-V owners should go to an authorized dealership to have the master power window switch inspected and repaired or replaced.

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