Breaking: Honda Announces Worldwide Recall Of 646,000 (Un)Fit Cars

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
breaking honda announces worldwide recall of 646 000 un fit cars

According to Dow Jones Newswire, Honda “announced a voluntary worldwide recall of 646,000 compact cars so that it can examine window switches that can overheat if exposed to liquid.”

From the official statement:

“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 models built in Japan, China, Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Of the vehicles being recalled, 171,372 are in the U.K., where the model is known as the Jazz, 141,140 are in the U.S. and 229,000 are in Latin America.

About 10 percent of the (Un)Fit cars will need replacement switches, most will get waterproof skirts to prevent water from seeping in.

Did anybody say “when it rains, it pours?”

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  • RoadRage RoadRage on Jan 29, 2010

    Not too long ago, american car recalls were considered evidence of how bad their quality was. Now the Japenese car companies are having recall issues, it's all excuses and pardons for engineering faults. If GM or Ford had this same acceleration issue, the tone and language would have been swift and fatal. Toyota will spin this problem like they always do. They blamed human error, floor mats, now suppliers. Don't ever question their engineering. They never make mistakes.

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    • Geozinger Geozinger on Jan 29, 2010

      @RoadRage- I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have posted this here before and I will again. Had this been any of the D3, this would be front page news, with news magazine TV shows leading the charge. It would be on the scroll at the bottom of HLN and Fox News, something they could both agree on. I'm sincere when I say this, I hope that all of these issues are resolved soon. For folks without alternatives, it would be just a little unnerving to drive these cars. Collectively, we all need to demand better from these companies and be willing to show them we mean business. Or the loss of business, if they don't shape up.

  • Reclusive_in_nature Reclusive_in_nature on Jan 29, 2010

    You know... if enough companies start recalling vehicles maybe people will actually test drive different cars instead of relying on mass media/fan boy perception to decide for them.

    • Ernie Ernie on Jan 29, 2010

      Sir, you are a nutcase. ;) Test drive cars? Indeed!

  • Geozinger Geozinger on Jan 29, 2010

    I actually think this is a GREAT time to have a recall, so long as your company's name isn't Toyota. Right now, the vast majority of the attention is aimed at them, you could do all kinds of things and most of the media wouldn't notice. Well, probably.

  • YYYYguy YYYYguy on Jan 29, 2010

    Geo - agreed. This is just the right time to come clean on everything in your closet. The Toyota problem will shield them from too much blowback. Road - I'm not sure Toyota is getting a pass on this. Toyota is getting battered right now. That said, Toyota and Honda have reputations they can damage for a reason....they generally build a reliable and quality product. On the contrary, most of the American built vehicles I've owned have sadly been pretty poor in that regard. It's a shame.

    • RoadRage RoadRage on Jan 29, 2010

      Guy - You are correct, Toyota is not getting a pass in the press. The point I was trying to make was toyota is no different then GM, Chrysler, or Ford when it comes to recalls and other automotive issue. It just really bothers me how Honda, Toyota and the rest of the transplant customers used recalls as a measure of quality to dis american manufactures. Now that the light is on them, all I hear are excuses. Granted, it's not coming from the press, however their customers seem as if there isn't a pattern here. The Toyota and Honda today isn't the car company people knew a decade ago. Their quality isn't the same and every other auto maker has now made quality their job one. Toyota and Honda still have strong mind and market share. But now there is a large crack in their armor and I hope that americans see these companies for what they really are; profit driven companies who can no longer hide behind exchange rates. Guy, I can't speak for the american cars you've owned and how they were maintained, but I have a 2003 Ford Focus in my garage with 178K miles on it. This car has never seen a check engine light, it doesn't burn oil, it has no rattles and it runs quiet as a mouse. Go Figure! By the way, I bought the car brand new. We also own a 2004 Malibu Maxx that also has been almost flawless all these years. Now I will admit this car has some electronic gremlins and the steering system sucks, but over all it has never let us down. The Ford Focus with 78k more miles, run rings around this Malibu when it comes to reliability and drivability. But I am proud to own both.