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Renault, DaimlerChrysler Recalling Cars In Japan

- NEW YORK -Dow Jones repeated that Kyodo news service reported that the Japanese units of French carmaker Renault SA and German automaker DaimlerChrysler AG are recalling a total of 5,342 passenger cars due to possible fuel leakage, the two firms said in separate reports filed with the government Tuesday, Kyodo News agency reported.

In the report to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Renault Japon Co. said it is recalling 1,214 units of four car models - Megane, Cabriolet, Scenic and Scenic 4X4 - that were produced from February 1999 to January 2001 as they have problems with parts connecting fuel pumps.

It is also recalling 2,746 units of the Megane, Scenic and Laguna cars made from December 1993 to June 1999 due to defective fuel hoses. Of the Scenic cars, 160 may also have problems with parts connecting fuel pumps, the company said.

Meanwhile, DaimlerChrysler Japan Holding Ltd. said it is recalling 1,382 units of its right-hand-drive Mercedes-Benz C180 cars that were imported to Japan from October 2000 to May 2001 as their fuel hoses are not properly installed, the report said.