Honda Motor is recalling more than 600,000 Accord mid-size cars sold in the United States and Canada.
The target of the recall is the Accord with a V6 engine from model years 2003 through 2007.
The carmaker says the Accord's power steering hose can deteriorate prematurely after being exposed to engine heat. This may result in cracks and leaks that could cause a loss of power steering or smoke and fire.
Honda told the US and Canadian transport authorities that more than 570,000 Accords in the US and about 30,000 in Canada will be recalled.
The company says it has received several reports of smoke and unusual noise from the engine, but none resulted in injuries or crashes.
The Accord is a popular model designed and marketed exclusively for the North American market, with sales of more than 200,000 units a year.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)