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Honda Japan Recalling 160,000 Vehicles For Defects

TOKYO -September 19, 2002 Dow Jones repeated that Kyodo News reported, Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling about 160,000 units of seven automobile models and one motorcycle model for defects.

In a report presented to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Honda said it will recall six types of passenger cars -- the Accord Inspire, Vigor, Inspire, Ascot, Rafaga and Saber -- for defects found in the engine ignition system which, in the worst case, could catch fire, Kyodo reported.

Subject to the recall are 153,575 vehicles made between June 1993 and April 1998, Honda said, according to the report.

Honda will also recall 5,513 Silver Wing motorbikes made between March last year and August this year for a lack of strength in rear wheels which have the danger of breaking.

The company will also recall the Capa, a van-type vehicle whose engine ignition system could be defective and could cause the engine to suddenly stop. Honda will recall 1,413 of the vehicle manufactured in April 1999, the report said.