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Honda Recalls Over 645,000 Cars Due to Fire Hazard

Honda Recalls Over 645,000 Cars Due to Fire Hazard

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BBC News via YellowBrix

January 29, 2010

UK – Honda has announced the recall of 646,000 cars globally to fix a switch defect that could cause a fire.

The recall includes Jazz models, also known as Fit in some countries, built in Japan, China, Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia and India, Honda said.

Three cases of fires due to the defect have so far been reported – two in the US and one in South Africa.

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In September, two-year-old Vanilla Nurse was killed in Cape Town when the car she was sleeping in caught fire.

The total number of recalls includes 619,000 Jazz, or Fit, models globally and 27,000 City models in Asia.

In the US, 140,000 vehicles are being recalled. Just over 171,000 Jazz cars in Britain will be recalled in March.

In a statement, Honda said a defective master switch could cause water to enter the power window switch and could, in some cases, cause a fire.

On Thursday, carmaker Toyota announced the recall of vehicles in the US, Europe and China over concerns about accelerator pedals getting stuck on floor mats.