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Volkswagen and Honda Recall Vehicles

Volkswagen and Honda Recall Vehicles

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen AG and Honda Motor Co. are each recalling more than 200,000 vehicles for different safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.

Volkswagen is recalling 269,151 New Beetles because brake lamp switches in some of the vehicles may not work properly. If the switches fail, the brake lamps might not work or might stay lit when the vehicle is parked. The problem affects New Beetles made from the 1998-2001 model years.

Dealers will inspect the brake lamp switches and replace them for free if necessary, NHTSA said. Volkswagen didn't respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

Honda is recalling 247,019 CR-V sport utility vehicles because excessive corrosion could prevent the automatic transmission from shifting into park. A crash could occur if the driver can't safely park the vehicle, NHTSA said.

CR-Vs from the 2002-2003 model years are affected in the recall. Dealers will inspect the vehicles for corrosion and replace the shift cable for free, NHTSA said. They also will install new corrosion-resistant equipment.

Honda didn't respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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