Japan auto giant to recall 270,000 vehicles
Updated: 2006-10-07 09:08
TOKYO - Honda Motor will recall about 270,000 of its
vehicles, mostly sold in Japan, due to defects in electric circuits and
A customer inspects Honda Motor's Odyssey
minivan at the company's Tokyo headquaters in January 2006. Honda will
recall about 270,000 of its vehicles, mostly sold in Japan, due to defects
in electric circuits and engine-linked parts.
Honda wil recall Odyssey minivans and Life small cars after receiving reports
of two Odysseys catching fire and 104 cases in which Life engines shut down
suddenly, a transportation ministry official said.
"In the cases with Odyssey, electric circuits for the windshield wipers have
problems that they may catch fire when it's freezing due to the cold," said the
The Life models had generator problems, which can lead to the battery running
down and suddenly shutting down the engine, he said.
Honda will recall 117,500 Odyssey vehicles, of which 85,000 are in Japan and
the rest in China, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, a company spokesman
The Life small car is only sold in Japan. The company will recall 153,000 of
them, he said.
Japanese companies have faced a growing number of damaging recalls in recent
weeks, including a battery defect crisis at electronics giant Sony.
Separately, Mazda Motor Corp said it will recall 12,235 cars sold in Japan
due to defects in airbags that might suddenly open up, a company spokeswoman