Honda Fit Is Recalled 2nd Time to Fix Switch That Could Cause a Fire – 6/28/13

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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.

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