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Toyota, Honda recall a combined 103,517 vehicles

TOKYO, July 12 Reuters reported that Japan's largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp and second-ranked Honda Motor Co said on Friday they were recalling a combined 103,517 vehicles.

Toyota said it was recalling 50,621 vehicles in all to repair a faulty seal on a fuel pump valve, including 36,411 in Japan.

In Japan, the vehicles affected are the RAV sports utility and the Opa wagon manufactured between May 2000 and March 2001.

Overseas, the mid-sized Avensis passenger car, built in Britain and also sold in Europe was affected. Toyota said it did not know of any accidents resulting from the problem and declined to give the cost of the recall.

Honda said it was recalling in Japan 13,352 units of its S2000 sports car built between March 1999 and May 2002 because of an inappropriate connection between the engine and the spark plug that could cause the engine to stop.

Overseas, some 39,544 S2000s were affected and its recall will fall under the category of "product update campaign," indicating that the problem is not of sufficient magnitude to warrant notice of a formal recall to authorities.

Honda, which does not know of any accidents resulting from the problem, estimated the cost of the domestic recall at 167.5 million yen ($1.43 million) but was not able to give an estimate for the overseas product update campaigns.

It is normal for automakers to have several recalls a year.