Global recall for Honda Jazz

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With the dust yet to settle on Toyota's crippling model recall, Japanese rival Honda has moved to issue a global recall of its Jazz supermini.

The voluntary worldwide recall of 646,000 cars will affect 171,372 Jazz owners in the UK and will allow the manufacturer to rectify a problem with the car's master window switch, which can seriously overheat if exposed to liquid.

Although Honda UK was keen to emphasise that no issues have been reported in this country, the official statement does highlight the potential seriousness of the problem.

"Under some severe operating conditions, water, rain, or other liquid may enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch, resulting in impaired function of the switch. If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the liquid intrusion, it may result in failure of the switch and overheating."

"An overheating switch may cause smoke, melting or, potentially, fire."

Honda expects 10 per cent of the cars will require a new switch, and says the rest will be fitted with a waterproof skirt to prevent further entry of liquid. Unsurprisingly, all work will be carried out free of charge.

Honda will contact Jazz owners in March.