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Honda Motor Co. will recall 8,532 small cars in India for free repairs of faulty power window switches that can cause a fire.

Subject to the recall are the Fit compact, called the Jazz in some parts of the world, and the City small sedan.

The step is part of a worldwide recall announced last week.

Honda said Friday it will recall about 646,000 small cars in North America, Europe, Asia and other regions in response to three fires that were reported in the U.S. and South Africa.

Honda has said that when saline water seeps into the electric window switches, it can cause corrosion and possibly produce smoke or fire.

Union stays quiet

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Honda Motor Co.’s labor union will not call for pay hikes for fiscal 2010 during annual spring wage negotiations with management, the first time it will not seek a wage increase in five years, union officials said.

The leadership of the 40,000-strong Honda Motor Workers’ Union decided to forgo demanding increases in the basic monthly wage as the company’s wages have been maintained at relatively high levels for the industry, the officials said, adding consumer prices have also not gone up.

But the union will propose calling for a hike in bonuses equal to 5.7 months of pay, up from the 5.5 months demanded last year, citing an improvement in the automaker’s profits, they said.

The union will formalize the decision Feb. 16 and submit the demand to the company the following day, the officials said.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s union has also decided not to demand a hike in the company’s pay scale for its workers.

However, Nissan Motor Co.’s union plans to seek an increase of ¥7,000 in basic monthly wages, according to union sources.

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