Honda to Recall Hybrid Sedan For Defective Voltage Converter

February 13, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Honda Motor Co. is planning to recall more than 45,000 Civic Hybrid sedans worldwide to address an electrical defect that could effect the cars’ engines. The Japanese automaker is going to recall more than 7,000 of the vehicles sold in Japan and another 38,000 sold overseas, mostly in the U.S..

Honda discovered the defective voltage converters – which reportedly may cause a short circuit that would stop the engine and prevent it from restarting – from reports stemming from outside of Japan. Honda has received no reports of accidents related to the defect in the vehicles, which were manufactured between September 2005 and September 2006. Within Japan, Honda plans to notify affected vehicles’ owners by mail and to repair the defective parts, while the overseas recalls and repairs will be handled according to local laws.