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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

1,500 Honda Stream to be recalled in Malaysia


PETALING JAYA: Around 1,500 units of Honda Stream in Malaysia are affected by the global recall involving 200,000 passenger cars said to have defective engine parts.

Honda Malaysia said on Monday that it is informing the owners of 1,494 vehicles to send them to authorised dealers for a "product update". The affected Streams are those from the 2008 to 2010 model years.

The recall is because of defective water pump pulley bolts that may cause trouble with the motor cooling system and could cut off the electric power steering assist and make maneuvering difficult. The fault may eventually cause the engine to stop.

"The owners with affected units may observe a few symptoms including the constant display of warning lights on the speedometer and a noise from the water pump," said Honda Malaysia in a statement.

“We sincerely apologise to our customers and deeply regret the inconvenience caused. Honda Malaysia will notify our affected customers by letter for this purpose," said Honda Malaysia managing director and chief executive officer Yoichiro Ueno.

The company said it will bear all charges incurred in the inspection and replacement work. Warranty provided will follow Honda Malaysia standard parts warranty policy, which is six months or 10,000km whichever comes first.

All current selling models are not affected, it added.

Customers are advised to make an appointment with the closest authorised Honda dealers.

Over in Singapore, Bernama reported that some 4,200 Honda cars sold by Kah Motors will be recalled for repairs.

Local television channel, Channel News Asia, quoted Kah Motors as saying that three models were affected in Singapore - the Stream and the 1.6 and 1.8 litre versions of the Civic manufactured between 2008 and 2010.

It said affected customers would be contacted to bring their cars in for repairs which will take about 40 minutes.

The distributor said it was safe to drive the cars but owners should call if they encounter engine stalling or abnormal sounds from the engine.

The company said it had received 63 customer reports in Japan of engine malfunctions as a result of the defect but said none had led to accidents.

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