Nissan, Honda to recall nearly 4,000 vehicles in Vietnam

HANOI (APP): Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda will recall nearly 4,000 pick-up trucks and cars in Vietnam to fix technical faults.

Nissan will recall 3,073 pick-up trucks imported from Thailand, which were manufactured between Sept. 20, 2010 and Dec. 1, 2014 due to airbag faults, announced the Vietnam Register on Thursday.

According to the maker, air blowers of front passenger airbags in Nissan Navara LE and Navara XE can be exposed to moisture, which prevents their normal operation.

Nissan Vietnam will check and replace the air pump for LE and XE versions of Navara pickup trucks from this month to next December.

A total of 625 Honda cars, including Accord CR3 produced in 2012, Accord CR2 manufactured from 2013 to 2016 and Odyssey made in the 2015-2017 period will be recalled.

According to Honda Vietnam, the contact surface of the rear-view mirror control switch on those cars may get oxidized, which will result in the mirror getting automatically folded when the vehicle is running, parking, or not working when the switch is on.

Bitcoin chalks up new record as it charges past $14,000

Singapore (APP): Bitcoin ploughed past $14,000 to a fresh record on Thursday as investors continued to pile in, triggering a warning the cryptocurrency was “like a charging train with no brakes” that would inevitably slip back.
It touched a new high of $14,485 before slipping back to $14,398 in Asian afternoon trade, according to Bloomberg News.
The rally came just a day after the virtual currency, which has been used to buy everything, hit the $12,000 mark for the first time.
Bitcoin  which came into being in 2009 as a bit of encrypted software and has no central bank backing it  has risen from a 2017 low of $752 in mid-January, and surged dramatically in the past month.
The increased interest has been driven by growing acceptance among traditional investors of an innovation once considered the preserve of computer nerds and financial experts.US regulators last week cleared the way for Bitcoin futures to trade on major exchanges, including the world’s biggest futures centre the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).