• The window switch in the driver's door could overheat and catch fire.
  • 268,655 vehicles from the 2002-2006 model year are affected.
  • Honda will remedy the problem at no charge starting next month.

The latest Honda recall affects more than a quarter-million second-generation CR-Vs. Honda received four reported fires and determined that water could cause a window switch to short and melt, resulting in a fire. To remedy the problem, Honda will inspect window switches on 268,655 CR-Vs from model years 2002 to 2006, installing a cover to keep the switch dry and replacing the switch if necessary.

The recall is expected to begin early next month, and Honda will perform the work at no charge. The automaker advises owners to park outside until the vehicle has been repaired.

Honda determined that water or fluid entering the door--through an open window, for instance--could reach the switch and cause it to overheat. An early investigation ruled out the switch as a possible source of fire, but Honda later recreated the same burn pattern found on a damaged vehicle and named the switch as the culprit.

The remedy includes an inspection of the window switch and the installation of a housing that will prevent water from reaching the switch. If the switch already shows signs of damage, it will be replaced also.

Used car shoppers interested in the second-generation 2002-2006 CR-V should confirm that a vehicle was repaired under the recall. If not, a Honda dealer can handle the work at no charge.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) handles all automotive recalls to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and others on our roadways. The system isolates potential problems and gives automakers the opportunity to continue improving vehicles even after those vehicles have spent a decade in use.

To learn more about this Honda recall, visit the NHTSA website SaferCar.gov and reference campaign ID 12V486000, or call Honda directly at 1-800-999-1009 and use recall number S61.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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