In a press release, Honda Motor Co. announced the recall of specific model year CR-V compact SUVs and CR-Z hybrids because of two separate safety concerns.
This recall concerns approximately 85,000 Honda vehicles. The first portion of the recall affects 2006 model Honda CR-Vs. The company stated that a faulty design of the vehicle’s power window master switch may allow residue from the interior window cleaners to build up on the switch. Over time, the contacts on the switch may degrade from the chemical residue and overheat, potentially resulting in a vehicle fire. Honda has, at this time, received no reports of injury or death in relation to this issue. Honda announced that they believe this problem affects around 80,111 Honda CR-Vs.
The second part of the recall solely affects 2011 CR-Z hybrids sold in the US with manual transmissions. According to the automaker, there is a glitch in the vehicle’s computer programming that may accidently tell the vehicle’s hybrid motor to operate opposite to the gear selected by the consumer. This could result in the vehicle rolling in unintended directions and result in a collision. The company believes that roughly 5,656 vehicles are included in this recall, but have not, as of yet, received any reports of injury or death related to this issue.
Honda plans on notifying all consumers of these problems by the end of September. Mechanics at local dealerships are ready to replace the faulty parts in these vehicles free of charge.
As a San Francisco car accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls similar to this and am aware of the potential damage they can cause. If you have been in an accident that you think was the result of a defective auto part, it might be in your best interests to call an experienced personal injury lawyer in your town.