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Honda Recalls Nearly 1 Million Vehicles

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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg September 2011

Honda is recalling almost one million cars globally over a pair of issues with its CR-V and CR-Z vehicles.

The first recall is for the compact CR-Z hybrid. CR-Z models equipped with the manual transmission suffer from a software issue in the hybrid system that could cause it to move unexpectedly.

According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the electric motor may start to move the car in the opposite direction of the selected gear when the gasoline motor stalls. So if a driver has the car in reverse, and isn't on the brakes when the problem occurs, the car will start to move forward.

Over 5,500 CR-Zs will be affected by this recall.

The recall is set to begin on the 30th of this month. In the mean time, manual transmission equipped CR-Z owners should be mindful to stay on the brake pedal when at a stop.

The other recent Honda recall is for the 2006 CR-V crossover. The CR-V suffers from a faulty power window switch. Honda says the switch can degrade over time from moisture that accumulates around it. After a while, the wires can become exposed and may cause a fire.

The NHTSA logs complaints from owners who have experienced issues with their vehicles and there are multiple complaints related to the issue on its site.

"I noticed a very strong burning smell that smelled like an electrical fire," one complaint reads "My driver's side window went down on its own a few seconds later I noticed smoke coming from the master window control.

"...911 was called and a fire truck came. The firemen took the inside panel of my car door off and found there were burned electrical wires that had caused melting within the door."

In 2010, Honda recalled almost 650,000 Fit models for the same problem.

Over 80,000 CR-Vs in the US are affected by this recall, but the faulty switch has been used in more than 900,000 other Honda vehicles worldwide.

No injuries or deaths have been reported that were caused by these two faults, and Honda aims to keep it that way. As always, Honda will be contacting the owners of affected vehicles to inform them of the issue and help schedule the necessary repairs free of charge.

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