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Honda warns of fire danger in Fit and Jazz

DETROIT — Honda is urging the 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 said Friday that it is recalling Fit and Jazz cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years. It’s telling owners not to park them in garages until driver’s side door switches can be inspected.

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Honda said water can get inside the door through an open window and damage the switches, causing them to overheat and potentially sparking a fire. The company said the problem hasn’t caused any injuries, but spokesman Chris Martin said seven switches have melted and two caused fires in the doors. No structure fires have been reported, he said.

The recall covers more than 143,000 Fits in the United States and about 35,000 in Canada. The Fit and Jazz are the same car, but sold under different names in different markets.

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