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Honda to recall 45,335 Civic hybrids worldwide

Honda Motor Co. said on Tuesday it would recall 45,335 Civic hybrid cars globally to fix a faulty voltage converter that could cause a short circuit and stop the engine.

No accidents have been reported from the defect, a spokesman said. The total includes 31,123 units to be recalled in the United States and 7,219 in Japan. The recall would cost about ¥5,300 ($44) per vehicle in Japan, the spokesman said. At that estimate, the recall would cost roughly $2 million globally. The free repair covers 2006 model year Civic hybrids built between September 2005 and September 2006. (Reuters)