Honda has announced that it is planning to recall 646,000 cars. The affected models are the Fit and the Jazz. The recall will begin in February.
The recall is being issued to address a problem with window switches that can overheat if exposed to liquid. There were three reported cases of fires due to the defect, two in the United States and one in South Africa. The incident in South Africa led to the death of a child after the car she was traveling in caught fire.
In a statement, Honda officials said:
“Under some severe operating conditions, water, rain, or other liquid may enter the driver’s window and reach the master power window switch, resulting in impaired function of the switch. If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the liquid intrusion, it may result in failure of the switch and overheating. An overheating switch may cause smoke, melting or, potentially, fire.”
The recall affects 141,140 cars in the United States, 229,000 cars in Latin America and 171,372 cars in the U.K. where the model is known as the Jazz.
About 10 percent of the Fit cars will need replacement switches, most will get waterproof skirts to prevent water from seeping in.