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Honda puts 2 hybrid cars on hold in Japan after third recall

Published on Feb 10, 2014 4:29 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - 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.

Japan's third-biggest automaker estimated the recall would cost about 5.4 billion yen

(S$67 million), possibly affecting its earnings outlook for the January-March quarter, a spokesman said.

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.

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