Thanks for the input, good to know it has a plastic construction, have to be more careful in handling. Luckily I live in a cold climate and shouldnt have the problem again.I have had both my doors outer handles replaced, under warranty before it was up. First the passenger, which twisted (the inner pivoting piece which is PLASTIC!), and then the driver side. This was in 2013. This summer when it got super hot, and my car is black and has been sitting in direct sunlight it is resistant to opening the door and I hear a little creaking sound.
The techs that replaced my handles said all the moving pieces are plastic. Would explain why they get kind of "bendy" in high temperatures.
I called the Honda dealer and spoke with their service people and they hadn't heard of this, but I'm taking in the car tomorrow at 10am and hopefully they can fix it.
I haven't had experience fixing this problem on the CR-Z, but I've fixed a similar problem on a vehicle that I owned years ago in which part of the plastic linkage for the door handle failed. I just scavenged the broken plastic piece from a wrecked car and replaced the part as needed. There is no way I would spend over $600 on this type of issue...My 2011 seems to be a victim of this same door handle malady. For a couple years now both outside door handles have been failing to snap back to their fully closed position after having been used, unless you push them back down. But yesterday, the outside drivers side door handle has now failed completely. You can still open the driver's door by using the inside door release, but the outside one has failed completely.
I don't look forward to a paying $646 per side to repair this. Does anyone have any experience in fixing this problem themselves?