Fire risk: Honda tells some Fit owners to park outside

EPA mpg estimates: 28 city/34 highway/31 combinedBase engine: 1.5-liter, four-cylinderStarting price: $14,620Annual fuel cost: $1,902 Like its rival, the Toyota Yaris, the 2008 Honda Fit was developed for other markets including Japan and Europe, where until recently, customers were a lot more interested in fuel economy than in the U.S. As fuel prices took off here, Honda hurried up the current-generation Fit to the U.S. market. A redesigned model arrives this fall for the 2009 model year, with sportier styling. With an automatic transmission, the 2008 Fit gets almost the same mileage, but just misses an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
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Updated: 6/28/2013 5:22 pm
DETROIT (AP) - Honda is telling owners of more than 686,000 Fit and Jazz subcompacts worldwide to park them outside because the power window switches can catch fire.

The company is recalling cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years. It's urging owners not to park them in garages until driver's side door switches can be inspected.

Honda says water can get inside the door through an open window. It can damage the switch, causing it to overheat and potentially cause a fire.

The company says the problem hasn't resulted in any injuries.

The recall covers more than 143,000 Fits in the U.S. and about 35,000 in Canada.

Honda recalled the same cars two years ago, but the repairs didn't work well enough.

Honda will replace the switches free of charge.

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