(Company corrects to remove estimated cost of 5.4 bln yen,
saying the number was given in error and is not accurate, and
that it has yet to estimate the cost of the recall.)
TOKYO Feb 10 Honda Motor Co on Monday
issued a third recall in Japan of two hybrid models that run on
its new twin-clutch transmission, saying it would suspend
shipments of the Japan-made models for two weeks until the
problem is fixed.
Subject to the recall are 81,353 Fit and Vezel hybrid cars
with defective controls for its seven-speed dual clutch
transmission system that could cause the car to take time to
start or in some cases fail to start all together.
Honda will replace the controls programming and in some
cases the transmission, apologising in a statement for
effectively recalling the cars for the third time in roughly six
Shipment of the cars will be suspended for two weeks until
Feb. 20, affecting production of about 1,700 vehicles combined
at two factories in Japan, the spokesman said. The Fit hybrid is
Honda's most popular model in Japan, excluding 660cc
Twin-clutch transmissions are still relatively rare in cars.
Honda is one of the few automakers in the world to develop and
build its own transmissions.
($1 = 102.2150 Japanese yen)
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Dominic Lau)