• Kyodo


Daihatsu Motor Co. said Wednesday it plans to recall around 800,000 of its Tanto minicars after a minor injury due to a broken rear door stay.

Daihatsu said it will notify the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism soon about the recall covering Tanto minicars produced between December 2007 and September 2013.

The rear door stay can corrode due to salt, Daihastu said in a statement. The person in Chiba Prefecture who sustained a minor hand injury notified the automaker in mid-July.

In a separate incident, someone in Okinawa was slightly injured by a rupture in a rear door stay of a Nissan Motor Co. vehicle, the automaker said last week.

The rear door stays used in the Daihatsu and Nissan vehicles were produced by the same auto parts maker.

Daihastu is calling on owners of the Tanto minicars not to use the rear doors until they are repaired. Minicars, with engines no larger than 660cc, are popular in Japan.

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