Honda has just announced that it is issuing a recall of 528,406 Chinese-made cars. Apparently they need to fix power steering lines and pumps as well as fuel pump relays on the hundreds of thousands of affected vehicles. Seeing as how China is such a large country with such a large number of potential Honda Accord owners, maybe the numbers don't look that big over there, but from our perspective they look HUGE.
Bloomberg News reported the breakdown thusly: 419,613 Accord sedans produced between January 7, 2003 and December 21, 2006; 68,993 Odysseys produced between February 22, 2005 and Valentine's Day this year for faulty bolts on the cars' power-steering pumps; and 39,800 Accords, Odysseys and Fits made between August 1, 2005 and September 30, 2005 because glue may have leaked into their fuel-pump relays. Free dealer repairs will begin on March 19 for every vehicle that got caught in this rather large net.
That half-million car mark represents a record of sorts for the Chinese auto industry. Reuters attributes the recalls to recent price wars in China, which may have "taken a toll on the quality of vehicles." The number of recalled vehicles by Honda alone this year has already surpassed the 350,000 units recalled last year. China is currently the world's second-largest vehicle market, but concerns about quality might hold it back. Other carmakers, including PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all had vehicle recalls from their Chinese-based subsidiaries.
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