Honda recalls 700,000 cars over engine worry

Honda Fit Several Honda models are part of the recall

Honda is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles around Asia and North America after it found a defective spring that could cause engines to stall.

Some of the carmaker's Fit, Freed and City compact car models are affected - though no accidents have been reported.

At least 72 complaints had been filed in Honda's home country of Japan, with 29 elsewhere the firm said.

The spring had been placed incorrectly in a small box inside the engine, a spokesman added.

The recall includes 167,000 vehicles in Japan, 156,000 in China, and 233,000 in the rest of Asia, Honda said. About 122,000 cars were being recalled in North America it added.

Two months ago Honda recalled 1.35 million Fit cars over a headlight defect.

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