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Jazz models in UK hit hard by Honda's 646,000-car recall

January 29, 2010 12:31 CET

TOKYO/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -- Honda Motor Co. recalled 646,000 units of its Jazz/Fit and City automobiles globally over a faulty window switch.

A spokesman for Honda in Britain said the company had recalled all 2002-2008 model year Jazz units in South Africa and will recall 172,000 units in Britain after a fire broke out in one of the subcompacts last year, killing a toddler in South Africa.

Honda said on its Website www.honda.co.za it would "inspect and modify driver door power-window switches that may, in some cases, short circuit as a result of water intrusion".

Vanilla Nurse was killed on her second birthday in Cape Town in September last year when the car she was sleeping in caught fire.

"There has been a recall to do with a window switch and 172,000 cars will be affected by the recall in the UK," a Honda UK spokesman told Reuters on Friday. "The recall will start toward the end of February. Now we will start talking to customers and dealers as to how we set up that recall."

The recall includes 140,000 vehicles in the United States and covers Jazz/Fit and City models sold in Europe, North America, South America, South Africa and Asia, but not Japan, a spokeswoman said.

The Jazz, which is sold as the Fit in markets outside Europe, is Honda's best-selling model in Japan.

Honda said the recall was to fix a defective master switch, which could cause water to enter the power window switch and in some cases cause a fire.

There were three reported cases of fires due to the defect, two in the United States and one in South Africa, the spokeswoman said.

Honda UK said that water was entering the drivers' window of its Jazz model and reaching a master power switch, potentially causing the switch to over heat and "potentially cause fire."

"At the recall a waterproof skirt will be fitted to the window to avoid any damage," the spokesman added.

Earlier this week, Toyota Motor Corp. announced it would extend to Europe and China a recall of millions of vehicles due to faulty accelerator pedals and floor mats.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100129/ANE/301299936/1193#ixzz0e10OLzvG

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