Honda Vietnam says no fire ignition found amid bike fire concern

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Honda Vietnam Co. Ltd on Tuesday said its internal inspections have found no flaw in its products that would spark fire.

Director General Koji Onishi made the statement in a press release in response to the recent reports that a number of Honda motorbikes caught on fire without clear reasons.

Onishi said his company has yet to launch investigations into the latest cases in Hanoi and the northern province of Bac Ninh that occurred early this month.

The Honda Air Blade that caught fire on December 9 in Hanoi and the Super Dream that exploded in Bac Ninh, killing a mother and a daughter, on December 1, are being kept by police for investigations, so the company has yet to access them, Onishi said.

Meanwhile, the SH that was on fire on December 12 wasn't produced by Honda Vietnam but imported, according to Onishi. But, the company is willing to cooperate with investigators to identify the cause, he added.

According to a report on VnExpress Tuesday, at least 25 cases in which motorbikes exploded and caught fire have been recorded in Vietnam since 2006, including 13 this year.

Three of them were sparked by collisions with cars, while others caught fire or exploded for unidentified reasons, the newswire reported.

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It also said Honda motorbikes accounted for no less than 13 cases, mainly Air Blade models, noting that many of them were newly bought.

In related news, another motorbike, an Attila Victoria scooter, produced by Taiwanese SYM company, caught fire in Hanoi on Tuesday when its rider was crossing the Chuong Duong Bridge.

The bike was totally damaged despite locals' efforts to extinguish the fire, while the rider, who was yet to be identified, left the site.

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