Honda to Recall Nearly 700,000 Vehicles Globally

Honda said that defective spring parts had been found in its Freed compact minivan, Fit compact car and City sedan that could deteriorate over time, resulting in abnormal sounds and in the worst case lead to stalling.

Due to defective parts that could stall the engine and cause problems restarting in certain models, Honda on Feb. 17 said it was recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles worldwide.

Honda said that defective spring parts had been found in its Freed compact minivan, Fit compact car and City sedan that could deteriorate over time, resulting in abnormal sounds and in the worst case lead to stalling. Honda spokeswoman Natsuno Asanuma said the firm was recalling 693,497 vehicles globally, including 170,000 of the Freed and Fit models in Japan.

The latest action will affect over 220,000 units in Asia, mainly the Southeast Asian ASEAN area, and about 156,000 in China, she said. Around 97,000 units will be recalled in the United States.

No accidents associated with the defect have been reported, she added. However, there have been 72 complaints in Japan.

Two months ago Honda pulled 1.35 million Fit cars, including 621,000 overseas, to repair a headlight defect.

Honda has now recalled more than four million vehicles since February 2010 over a range of different issues.

Honda's net profit for the three months ended December fell nearly 40% year-on-year due to the impact of the strong yen and sliding Japanese demand, but in January it lifted its full-year profit forecast. Its performance overseas in emerging markets and the United States helped Honda lift its full year profit forecast to 530 billion yen (US$6.33 billion), up 97.5% year-on-year, compared with a 500 billion yen forecast in October.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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