Approximately 268,000 model-year 2002-06 Honda CR-V compact SUVs are being recalled due to issues with the master switch for the driver-side power window. Moisture may enter the switch, which could damage the wire harness and cause the switch to melt or fail, increasing the risk of a fire. The vehicles were part of a previous recall of the switches in October 2012, which called for a repair of the switch rather than a replacement. This new recall is in response to moisture-related failures of the switches repaired under the previous recall. The automaker says no related injuries have been reported, but there have been 16 reported switch fires.

Honda will begin notifying owners on Jan. 18. Owners can call the automaker at 888-234-2138 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To resolve the issue, dealers will replace the power window master switch and inspect the wiring harness for damage, replacing it if necessary.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.