According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driver’s side power window switch can fail, overheat, and even melt. If it fails, it could overheat, smoke, and even catch fire. The NHTSA notes that this could occur even if the vehicle is not in use, and urges CR-V owners to park their vehicles outside until the recall repair is made.
For its part, Honda notes that the failure would only occur in “severe conditions.” In a statement, the company explains that, “rain water or other spilled liquids may enter through an open driver’s window and enter the master power window switch on the driver’s door.” Prolonged exposure to liquids is what ultimately causes the failure, overheating, melting, and potential fire. While no injuries or accidents have occurred because of the faulty switch, Honda does note that four switch fires have been reported.
Honda will begin notifying owners around November 2, 2012. Owners will be instructed to bring their vehicle to a dealership, where the switch will be inspected and repaired if needed, free of charge. For more information, you can call Honda at (800) 999-1009 and select option “4,” or go to Honda’s recall website. More information ins also available at the NHTSA by calling (888) 327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or by heading to the NHTSA’s website and searching for recall campaign ID 12V486000.
Source: Honda, NHTSA