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Fit For the Road? Honda Recall on the Fit

Honda announced that there will a Honda recall on its Fit model. The Christian Science Monitor reports that there has been a Honda recall on its Fit subcompact cars because of a possible fire hazard when there is too much liquid exposure to the driver's master power-window switch. It can overheat and cause a fire.

According to U.S. News & World Report, there has been a fatal accident already because of the fire hazard posed by the Honda Fit. BusinessWeek reports that the fire with the Honda Fit occurred in South Africa back in September of 2009. As a result of the incident, Honda conducted an investigation of its Fit cars. There have currently been seven fires caused by short-circuited power window switches reported in the United States. No one was harmed.

USA Today reports that the recall of the Honda Fit will affect approximately 140,000 vehicles in the United States. Honda spokeswoman Christina Ra told The Christian Science Monitor that Fit drivers should be conscious about just how much liquid gets on the switch. Ms. Ra did note that it takes "extreme" amounts of liquid in order to short circuit the switch. Honda is advising Honda Fit owners to keep their windows rolled up in cases of precipitation.

Honda currently does not have the required parts sent out to dealers in order to deal with the recall yet. The Christian Science Monitor reports that it seems like only 10% of Honda Fit vehicles will need new switches while the remaining vehicles affected by the recall with most likely require the installation of a water tight skirt in order to keep the switch from being exposed to liquid.  

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