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Report: Honda SUV Bursts Into Flames

Report: Honda SUV Bursts Into Flames

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(Washington-AP) -- The Washington Post is reporting more than two dozen cases of late-model Honda C-R-V sport utility vehicles bursting into flames, shortly after their first oil changes.

The newspaper cites records provided to the federal government by Honda.

No injuries have been reported, and many of the vehicles -- from the 2003 and 2004 model years -- were destroyed.

The Post says a federal highway agency concluded this month the incidents are the fault of dealerships and mechanics. The agency says the problem stems from improperly installed oil filters that most likely leaked oil onto the vehicles' hot exhaust systems.

Honda says a design flaw is not to blame, but it's still studying the cause of the fires. The company says it's not planning a recall.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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