The recall was made after it was found that a spring in the vehicles cause friction and noise in the engine, Honda Cars Philippines sales and corporate communications head Voltaire Gonzales said. Over time, this friction may result in stalling or even engine failure.
Gonzales said affected 1.5-liter Honda Jazz and Honda City units were sold from September 2008 to April 2010. The Honda Jazz units involved in the recall were imported from Thailand while the City cars were assembled in the Philippines.
On its website, Honda said Jazz units affected by the recall are those with the frame numbers from MRHGE88509P03004 to MRHGE88509P031145 made in 2009 and from MRHGE8850AP030001 to MRHGE8850AP030480 in 2010.
As for the City, 2009 units with frame numbers PADGM26509V900006 to PADGM26509V900013 and from PADGM26509V000001 to PADGM26509V003690, and 2010 units from PADGM2650AV103691 to PADGM2650AV103840 are affected.
Customers will be notified by Honda via mail starting February 21. The letter also includes ways for clients to contact and set an appointment with their Honda service center to replace the spring. Clients may also call Honda at 1-800-1000-HONDA (46632) or (02)857-7240.
"The repair will only take three hours," Gonzales said. "Our dealerships and service centers nationwide will work overtime to finish the job."