Statement by American Honda Regarding Power Window Master Switch Recall: 2002-2006 Honda CR-V

  • Approximately 268,000 vehicles are affected in the United States
  • Power window master switches will be replaced, for free
  • No reported injuries; 16 fires have been reported related to this issue

Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 268,000 model-year 2002-2006 CR-V vehicles in the United States to replace the power window master switch. Under certain conditions, rainwater or other spilled liquids may enter through an open driver’s window and enter the power window master switch on the driver’s door. Over time, exposure to water and other fluids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt, damaging the switch and potentially damaging an associated wire harness. Additionally, if a switch melts, it could produce smoke and potentially cause a fire, increasing the risk to motor vehicle safety.

Honda conducted a prior recall of the power window master switches in these vehicles beginning in Oct. 2012, calling for repair of the switch rather than replacement. The new recall, which supersedes the prior one, is in response to moisture-related failures of switches repaired under the previous action. No injuries have been reported related to this issue, but there have been 16 reported switch fires subsequent to earlier recall repairs.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to owners will begin in late-Jan. 2021. Owners can also determine if their specific vehicles are included in the recall by visiting or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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