Honda Motor Co. said that it will recall a total of 962,000 Fit and other models globally to repair problems with power windows and computer equipment.
Honda, which is Japan's third-biggest car maker by volume, will recall 936,000 Fit compacts, CR-V and the City models in Japan, China, the U.S., Europe and countries in Asia and Africa due to defective power window switch units. Honda has learned the design of the power window master switch can allow residue from interior cleaners to accumulate, which can, over time with switch use, cause the electrical contacts to degrade and may lead to a fire in the switch.
In addition, the car maker will recall 26,000 CR-Z hybrid models in Japan, the U.S., Canada and other markets because of defective programming of electronic control units for motors used in the model. It's doing this to update software that controls the hybrid electric motor because when the gasoline engine has stalled with the IMA battery in a very low state of charge and the transmission in gear, it is possible for the electric motor to rotate in the direction opposite to that selected by the transmission.
The impact of this is that if the driver has not engaged the brakes, the vehicle may slowly roll in an unexpected direction potentially leading to a crash.
A software update will correct the problem by adding controls.
Owners of affected vehicles will be advised to take their vehicles to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as they receive formal notification of the recall in the mail, by the end of the month at the latest. No injuries or deaths have been reported with either voluntary recall.
For both the recalls, the company will spend a combined ¥1.29 billion in Japan, a Honda spokeswoman said.