More than 685,000 Honda Fit sub-compact hatchbacks are being recalled globally because of a fire risk, the company announced today.
The recall includes about 143,000 units in the U.S. Under severe conditions, rain or other liquid could enter through the driver’s window and leak into the master power window switch, which over time can cause the switch to overheat and melt. Eventually, that could cause a fire. All units from the 2007 and 2008 model years are affected by the current recall.
No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, but Honda dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace parts that have been damaged.
This is the second time Honda has issued a recall on the Fit for the same issue in 2010. The maker has since determined that the fix didn’t ensure that moisture cannot penetrate the master switch.
Honda has a limited stock of the parts, which is why the recall will only currently involve fixing vehicles with affected equipment. According to Honda, the flaw was discovered during internal testing and not because of customer complaints.
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