Honda will recall 45,335 Civic Hybrid sedans worldwide to repair an electrical defect that could stop the cars’ engines, a company spokeswoman was quoted as saying on Friday.


The automaker plans to recall 7,219 of the vehicles sold in Japan and another 38,116 sold overseas, mostly in the United States, a Honda spokeswoman told The Associated Press (AP) on condition of anonymity, citing company policy.


AP, citing company documents filed on Thursday with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, said Honda learned about the defective voltage converters – which could cause a short circuit that would stop the engine and prevent it from restarting – from overseas reports.


Honda has received no reports of accidents related to the defect, the documents reportedly said. The affected vehicles were manufactured between September 2005 and September 2006.


The recall applied to 581 cars in the UK sold since April 2006. A Honda UK spokesperson told just-auto that a connector situated underneath the rear seat of the car, which is subject to interference by seated passengers, has caused the problem. Customers have been asked to return their vehicles to dealers where plastic covers are being fitted to the seats.