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A range of defects has caused automaker Nissan to announce a recall of 699,000 vehicles in Japan. This also affects more than 700,000 units overseas.

Although no accidents have been reported in Japan due to the defects, the recall still has to take place.

A spokeswoman for Nissan in Japan said that many of the vehicles affected had more than one fault.

The recall of the Note, Serena and Kicks models is because of a defective engine hose cover which can lead to the hose cracking and preventing the vehicle from starting, Nissan said in a statement.

The statement also said that 478,199 vehicles, including the Note, Note Aura, Serena, Leaf and Kicks, were being recalled for a faulty vehicle control programme that in certain circumstances can cause acceleration after the cruise control is stopped.

A wiring problem is the reason for 126,000 Serena units being recalled, with 6,434 units being recalled over a problem with the right headlight.

Where the recalls affect a country, the country will handle the communication itself, according to regulations.

Image credit: Autocorp Technologies

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