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Recall Roundup: Honda, Mitsubishi Issue Recalls; Concerns Over Leakage, Overheating Issues

Recall Roundup: Honda, Mitsubishi Issue Recalls; Concerns Over Leakage, Overheating Issues

By Jeff Youngs, July 02, 2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced two light-vehicle recalls, by auto manufacturers Honda and Mitsubishi. The largest of these is Honda's recall of 143,083 Fit vehicles from 2007 and 2008. Listed below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer, are the recalls issued in the past week.

2007-2008 Honda Fit
Honda is again recalling 143,083 model-year 2007-2008 Fit vehicles that were affected by a previous recall (10V-033). The remedy applied in this earlier recall may have been insufficient. In the affected vehicles, over time, the plastic cover may separate from the master power window switch allowing water to enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch. If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the water intrusion, overheating and failure of the switch may result. An overheated switch could cause smoke, melting, and fire.

Honda will notify owners in July 2013 and will instruct owners to take their vehicles to dealers to have a free inspection conducted. If the switch is damaged, it will be replaced free of charge. If the switch is not damaged, the owner will be instructed to await a second notification that will instruct them to return to the dealer to have a replacement switch installed free of charge. Honda anticipates it will have sufficient parts inventory to notify owners of vehicles with undamaged switches to return to dealers for replacement switches in fall 2013.

Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall number is JA6. Owners may also reference NHTSA campaign number 13V260000.

2013 Honda Fit Preview
2013 Honda Fit Quality Ratings
2013 Honda Fit Overview
2013 Honda Fit Photos
2013 Honda Fit Specs

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling 3,181 model-year 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured August 26, 2010, through March 29, 2011. The panoramic glass roof may have been installed without primer being applied before the adhesive. Without primer being used, the panoramic glass roof may have reduced adhesion, possibly allowing the glass roof to detach from the vehicle, resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles.

MMNA will notify owners and dealers will inspect the panoramic glass to see if primer was installed. If primer is not present, the glass will be reinstalled. MMNA has not yet provided a notification schedule. MMNA's recall number is SR-13-007. Customers may contact MMNA at 1-888-648-7820 and may reference NHTSA campaign number 13V255000.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Preview
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Quality Ratings
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Photos
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Specs

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