Honda Motor, Japan's third-largest automaker, announced Wednesday that it would recall 640,000 vehicles worldwide because of fuel pump and transmission defects. Whoops. The recall will affect 500,000 U.S. units like the Accord and Acura TL and CL, 38,000 of the same in Canada, 68,000 Japanese units including the Odyssey minivan, and the rest in other parts of Asia, the Middle East and Mexico. Honda will spend about $75 million on the recall, and promises never to use the phrase "Japanese units" ever again.


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