The 2005 Honda CR-V is being recalled

Honda is recalling about 268,000 CR-V SUVs in the U.S. from the 2002 to 2006 model years due to concerns that moisture can cause a power window switch to fail. The problem can be triggered by rain through an open window or spilled liquids on the driver’s side door.

The automaker said that exposure to liquids over time can cause electrical resistance in the switch and potentially damage the wire harness. If the switch overheats and melts, it could produce smoke and even cause a fire, creating a safety risk.

Honda issued a recall to repair the switch back in 2012 (NHTSA recall ID number 12V-486), but this new action calls for the replacement of the switch. It was motivated by 16 reported fires that happened before the previous recall repairs.  

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The vehicles included in this recall are a portion of the overall CR-V production during that period, based on manufacturing records that indicate the installation of the problem switch.

Honda said it wasn't aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem.

The automaker will reach out to registered owners in January, directing them to schedule an appointment at their local Honda dealership to have the switch replaced with a new, water-resistant unit. The repairs will be done at no charge. Owners who paid to have these repairs completed at their own expense will be eligible for reimbursement. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2002-2006 Honda CR-V SUVs.

The problem: Power window switches can overheat or melt due to exposure to liquids.

The fix: The dealership will replace the power window master switch with a redesigned switch, and technicians will inspect the wiring for damage.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can also determine if their specific vehicles are included in the recall by going to recalls.honda.com or by calling 888-234-2138.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V-768.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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