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Honda recalls Fit over power window switch fire risk

A Honda Fit is seen in this undated file photo.
June 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Honda said Friday that it is recalling more than half a million cars worldwide because their power window switches can catch fire.

The recall affects more than 686,000 Fit and Jazz subcompacts from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

The company is telling owners not to park the vehicles in garages until driver's side door switches can be inspected.

According to Honda, a fire can potentially spark if water gets inside the door through an open window and damages the switches. Spokesman Chris Martin said seven switches have melted and two caused fires in the doors. He said no injuries or structure fires have been reported.

The Fit and Jazz are the same car, but they are sold under different names in different markets.

This is the second time the cars are being recalled for the same problem. Honda recalled the cars in January 2010, but the repairs weren't "sufficiently robust to ensure that all switches would be completely sealed against all possible moisture intrusion," Honda said in a statement. All of the melted switches and fires happened before the first recall, Martin said.

Owners of the affected models will receive notices about the recall in mid-July. The repairs will be made for free at a dealership. People with questions can contact Honda at (800) 999-1009.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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