Honda Motor has announced a huge worldwide recall of its popular Fit/Jazz line - about 1.35m cars including 621,000 exports, to repair a headlight defect.

A fault in the electric wiring between the switch and lights can cause the low beam to fail to light up, the company told news agency AFP.

No accident has resulted from the defect, a Honda spokeswoman said, but the automaker had reported 130 cases of the defect to the Japanese transport ministry.

The cars were built at Honda's Suzuka factory in Japan between November 2001 and October 2007.

About 385,000 units were shipped to Europe, and the model has also been exported to the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, she said.