by Christopher Jensen
Honda said Friday that it was recalling about 686,000 vehicles worldwide for a second time, because its initial attempt to fix an electrical problem that could cause a fire was not adequate.
In the United States, the recall includes about 143,000 Fit subcompacts from the 2007-8 model years, a Honda spokesman, Chris Martin, said in a telephone interview.
Worldwide, the affected models are from the 2002-8 model years. They are the Fit — which is called the Jazz in some markets — and a smaller vehicle, the City, which not sold in the United States, Mr. Martin said.
The problem is a master electrical switch in the driver’s door. If the switch becomes wet, it could short-circuit, possibly causing a fire, Honda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a report in January 2010.