Honda recalls Brazil compact cars for pedal woes

AP News
Posted: Oct 15, 2010 2:10 PM
Honda recalls Brazil compact cars for pedal woes

Honda is recalling nearly 127,000 City and Fit compact cars in Brazil over a gas pedal defect that could cause unwanted acceleration, the Japanese automaker said Friday.

One accident has been reported related to the defect, but no one was injured, Honda Motor Co. said.

The problem cars were made in Brazil from May 2008 to October 2010 and sold only in Brazil. A total of 126,774 are being recalled.

Dust particles may get inside the accelerator pedal's sensor, causing the pedal to get stuck in some cases.

Christina Ra, a Honda spokeswoman, said the driver would notice a higher than normal engine RPM but could maintain control of the vehicle and stop the vehicle by applying the brake.

She said the recall does not apply to cars in markets outside of Brazil.