2007-'08 Honda Fit Recalled a Second Time Due to Fire Risk


  • 2007 Honda Fit Picture

    2007 Honda Fit Picture

    Honda is re-recalling the 2007-'08 Honda Fit to fit a master power window switch with a defect that could lead to a fire. | July 01, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • American Honda is recalling 143,083 2007-'08 Honda Fits for a second time to fix a master power window switch that could overheat and cause a fire.
  • Honda is advising customers to park the affected Fits outside until the switch has been inspected, due to fire risk.
  • Honda told federal safety regulators as of June 14, 2013, it has received a total of four claims and no reports of injuries or crashes related to the second recall of the Fit.

WASHINGTON — American Honda is recalling 143,083 2007-'08 Honda Fits for a second time to fix a master power window switch that could overheat and cause a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Honda is advising customers to park the affected Fits outside until the switch has been inspected, due to fire risk.

Honda told federal safety regulators as of June 14, 2013, it has received a total of four claims and no reports of injuries or crashes related to the second recall of the Fit.

NHTSA is calling the action a "re-recall."

"The remedy applied in this earlier recall may have been insufficient," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "In the affected vehicles, over time, the plastic cover may separate from the master power window switch, allowing water to enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch.

"If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the water intrusion, overheating and failure of the switch may result. An overheated switch can cause smoke, melting and fire."

Honda originally recalled the affected Fits in January 2010.

The company said in a statement on Friday that the fix "since has been determined by Honda not to be sufficiently robust to ensure that all switches would be completely sealed against all possible moisture intrusion."

Honda said it will notify owners in July to take their vehicles to dealers to have a free inspection conducted. If the switch is damaged, it will be replaced. If the switch is not damaged, the owner will be instructed to await a second notification that will instruct them to return to the dealer later to have a replacement switch installed.

Honda told federal safety regulators it anticipates it will have sufficient parts to notify owners of vehicles with undamaged switches to return to dealers for replacement switches sometime in the fall.

Owners can contact American Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Edmunds says: Honda says it has a current limited stock of updated parts, which accounts for the long delay. In the meantime, please park your 2007-'08 Honda Fit outside.

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