Honda Recalls Approximately 80,000 2006 CR-Vs for Potential Power Window Issue

September 9, 2011

2006 Honda CR-V

American Honda Motor Co. has issued a recall for its 2006 CR-V, citing a faulty power window switch on the driver's side. According to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall affects 80,111 vehicles assembled between October 3, 2005, and July 21, 2006, at its Sayama factory in Japan.

According to NHTSA, the driver-side power window switch in these vehicles "may fail or melt," causing the windows to become inoperative and possibly producing smoke and fire.

Honda notified NHTSA of the recall on September 6, and says all of the vehicles were assembled at its Sayama factory in Japan. The power window switches were manufactured by Thai Toyo Denso Co. Ltd., a Thailand-based company.

According to the manufacturer, the master power window switch in these vehicles contains a resin-material switch unit, and the unit's structure allows residues to accumulate over time. Eventually, the resin material of the unit "can be carbonized and form an electrically conductive path, allowing current leakage to flow through the circuit, which causes resin material to heat up."

"As a result, the switch may melt, fail and produce smoke," writes Honda. "In the worst case, the switch cover itself may burn."
Honda first received a claim of smoke from the master power window switch from a different Honda model vehicle in 2008, and initiated an investigation shortly after. The company determined the cause of the smoke to be "heat generation from contact due to presence of foreign silicone-containing product" and determined that the occurrence rate was low and market action wasn't necessary.

In August 2009, the company received further claims of smoke and odor for other vehicle models, and re-opened the investigation. On March 2, 2010, Honda received a claim of smoke for the switch for the 2006 CR-V in the United States, and by December "confirmed that the switch generated a greater amount of heat due to the electrical tracing phenomenon … due to the new resin material," according to the company's letter to NHTSA notifying the agency of the recall.

On June 4, company officials say they confirmed that the burning can spread to the vehicles and can cause a fire. As of August 23, a total of 18 warranty claims related to the issue had been received, and company officials decided on August 29 to conduct a safety recall.
Honda expects to begin notifying vehicle owners on September 27, and to complete notifications by October 4.

Honda dealers will replace the driver side power window switch assembly free of charge for vehicle owners.

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