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Honda is recalling 2011 CR-Z hybrids with manual transmissions to update software that controls the hatchbacks electric motor. This recall is part of a global campaign that involves nearly 960,000 vehicles, including the not-for-U.S.-consumption Honda Fit Hybrid, for problems with its window switch and powertrain. The CR-Z recall affects 5,626 vehicles in the U.S. and 26,000 worldwide.

Honda reports receiving complaints of roll-away issues that can occur if the engine stalls when the vehicle's battery is in a "very low state of charge." Honda say it's possible for the CR-Z's electric motor to rotate in the wrong direction, causing the vehicle to slowly roll in an "unexpected direction" if the brakes aren't engaged. This, says Honda, could potentially lead to a crash.

Honda says a simple software update will fix this problem and the automaker will reportedly begin notifying owners of affected vehicles in late September. No injuries or deaths have been reported related to this recall.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Month Ago
      This car needs to be all electric or all gas. Honda just fails at the hybrid thing across the board. Should have just stuck the r18A in it and called it a day. Would have performed notably better than the Civic in that small and aerodynamic chassis.
      Rich M
      • 1 Month Ago
      According to the description, in order for this to happen, you'd have to drive like an absolute maniac to run down the hybrid battery without letting it regen, then stall the engine without restarting, turning off the key or applying the parking brake. Who does that?! While it's true this shouldn't happen. I am more horrified that enough people are abusing/driving the car this way that it caused a recall. Same goes for the window switches. They are not defective... unless you dump enough interior cleaner (armor all I'd assume?) on them that it seeps down and eats away at the internal mechanism.
        fairfireman21
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Rich M
        Let's say you are stuck in a traffic jam where you do not reach the 30 mph that most hybrids need before the gas motor kicks in with say the blower on to keep the air moving I can see the battery going into a low charge state. The stalling motor can also come from pulling up to a red light where it is not needed it shuts down, hard to restart a motor that is in off line mode. Or the battery can go dead if you are stuck in 20-30 mph traffic for 30 miles (I have seen it, St. Louis at rush hour).
          emperor koku
          • 1 Month Ago
          @fairfireman21
          It's a Honda - the car can't accelerate without the gasoline motor.
          Rich M
          • 1 Month Ago
          @fairfireman21
          You seem to be a bit confused as to how Honda's hybrid system works. The gas engine always runs if the car is moving. It cannot move on electric alone.The pack will not allow itself to be drained that low unless you flog it. Under gentle throttle or slow driving it limits electric assist if the charge gets low. And again, you'd have to blatantly stall the engine and leave it there with the key on for this reverse roll to happen. The rest of the stuff you said makes no sense... a stall is not auto stop. no idea what offline mode is.
          Smith Jim
          • 1 Month Ago
          @fairfireman21
          Not to be critical, fairfireman21 but not only is Rich M correct about the Honda IMA all hybrids will automatically start the ICE if necessary to maintain battery charge regardless of vehicle speed. I test drove a Prius and ICE started immediately upon turning the ignition switch while the car was parked.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Rich M
        A very accurate description of the result of selling in an overly litigious society. "Gee, Judge, it wasn't my fault! The car didn't have a waning sign saying it would be hard to operated the pedal if I wore my swimming flippers!" In 1923, Walter P Chrysler quipped that, "the main defect in modern cars, is the nut behind the wheel!".
          Smith Jim
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Who are you calling a nut? Screeeeeech CRASH!!!!
      Spec
      • 1 Month Ago
      Honda and Toyota vehicles seem a bit over-anxious to get going these days. ;-)
      Jelly
      • 1 Month Ago
      Just as well Honda only sold 26,000 hybrids (Total LIFETIME of sales) one of the advantages of making cars nobody wants is when it comes to recalls you don't have so many involved. If it was 55,000 VW Golf a month mainly diesel sales a month in Europe then it would hurt the automakers hard.
      EZEE
      • 1 Month Ago
      Honda definitely doesnt seem to be the company it was in the 80's and 90's.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Month Ago
      surely they have all been recalled for hideousness