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Honda recalls 268,000 CR-Vs over possible fire hazard

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 7, 2012 -- Updated 0626 GMT (1426 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The affected CR-Vs are from model years 2002 to 2006
  • Owners are advised to park outside as a fire could start while the car is not running
  • Four switch fires -- but no crashes or injuries -- have been reported, Honda says

(CNN) -- Honda is recalling about 268,000 CR-V vehicles due to concerns about the power window master switch, which could start a fire.

The vehicles affected are from model years 2002 to 2006, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In severe conditions, rain water entering the driver's side window can enter the master power window switch, Honda said in a statement Saturday. Such exposure to liquids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which could cause it to overheat, smoke and start a fire.

Four switch fires -- but no crashes or injuries -- have been reported, Honda said.

Because a switch failure and fire could happen even if the car is off, "owners are advised to park outside until the recall repair has been performed," the NHTSA said.

Honda is asking affected CR-V owners to go to an authorized dealer to have their master power window switch inspected and repaired or replaced.

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