Honda and Mazda Recall Some Made in China Cars

SHANGHAI, June 21, 2004; Reuters reported that Japan's Honda Motor Co is recalling from Monday 70,240 of its popular Accord models in China over a possible fuel tank defect, the second auto recall in the country in a week.

On Friday, FAW Car Co said it was recalling 30,000 Mazda 6s made under licence from Mazda Motor Corp, also because of fuel tank problems.

The Honda recall affects three models made at its venture in Guangzhou with partner Denway Motors Ltd between January 15 and October 29, 2003, the venture said in a statement on its Web site (www.guangzhouhonda.com.cn).

The venture -- Guangzhou Honda Automotive Co Ltd -- said it had observed cracks developing in the fuel tanks of Honda's 2003 Accords, and wanted to examine or fix Chinese-made models.

"There have been no accidents caused by this problem to date," the statement added.

Last August, Honda said it would recall 31,000 Accords due to a faulty exhaust pipe that could emit harmful fuel vapours, after a similar defect was found in Japanese-made Accords.

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