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Honda Announces Worldwide Recall of 936,000 Cars

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TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. said Monday it was set to voluntarily recall 936,000 cars globally to repair problems with power windows and computer equipment.

Honda said no serious injuries or fatal accidents were reported due to the problems, and the repair bill would be limited to about $17 million in Japan.

The latest move came hard on the heels of another large recall, adding to Honda's headaches as it seeks to join local peers in bouncing back from production disruption in the aftermath of the March 11 disasters.

Japan's automakers must also cope with the yen riding high at near record-strength versus other major currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, making their exports more expensive and less competitive.

Honda, Japan's third-biggest carmaker by volume, recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles in early August, citing problems with automatic transmissions.

On Monday, Honda said it will recall 936,000 Fit compacts, CR-V and City models in the US, Europe, Japan, China and other countries in Asia and Africa, due to defective power-window switch units.

A Honda spokeswoman said that two members of the public reported light burns after touching overheated power switches. She also said there were nine reported cases of vehicles catching on fire in Japan and China due to the power-window problem.

The carmaker also will recall 26,000 CR-Z hybrid models in the US, Canada, Japan and other markets because of defective programming of electronic control units for motors used in the model.

For both recalls, the company was set to spend a combined ¥1.29 billion ($16.8 million) in Japan, a Honda spokeswoman said.

She declined to elaborate on the costs of the overseas recalls.

Click to read more on the Honda recall from the Wall Street Journal

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