WASHINGTON -- Five influential congressmen asked President Bush on Friday to make sure Japanese automaker Honda puts more U.S. parts in its North American-built cars.
House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., was joined by four Michigan lawmakers in pressing Mr. Bush for a "thorough" inspection of the content of cars that Honda builds
in Canada and sells to Americans.
Under a U.S.-Canada free trade treaty, Canadian-made cars avoid U.S. duties if their content is more than half-American or Canadian.
Honda disclosed on Feb. 11 that the U.S. Customs Service has preliminarily decided the automaker's Canadian-built Civics don't quality for the tariff exemptions. The reason, Honda said, is Customs believes the Ohio-built engines used for the Canadian cars are more than half foreign in content.