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DaimlerChrysler Japan Co. said Tuesday it will recall about 12,000 Mercedes-Benz cars due to problems in their fuel-supply system that could cause fuel leakage.

In a report filed with the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry, DaimlerChrysler Japan said that subject to the recall are A160, A160L and A190 models imported between March 2000 and November 2001.

The Japanese unit of German-U.S. automaker DaimlerChrysler AG said a rubber hose installed in these vehicles could come into contact with the air-cleaner case in the fuel-supply system and develop holes when the car body vibrates.

DaimlerChrysler Japan said it will also recall 1,868 passenger vehicles — of 16 models — imported between September and December to replace seat belts.

The models are the C200 Kompressor Sports Coupe, C180 Kompressor Sports Coupe, CLK200 Kompressor, CLK240, CLK320, CLK55, CLK320 Cabriolet, E240, E320, E500, E320 4Matic, E240 Station Wagon, E320 Station Wagon, E500 Station Wagon, E55 Station Wagon and E320 4Matic Station Wagon.

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