Honda Motor on Monday stated it is going to recall 96,900 Avancier sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, because of a cold-climate engine problem that has already resulted in hundreds of thousands of its vehicles being recalled previously this year.
The midsize Avancier is produced and sold in the China by one of Honda’s two regional joint ventures. Honda stated it was checking two other models in China to find out if they were having the same problem.
The recall is associated to a problem caused by an uncommon amount of un-combusted petrol collecting in the engine’s lubricant oil pan. The issue in some cases resulted in a strong odor of gasoline inside the vehicle and in other cases the car’s check-engine light came on, Honda has stated.
This does not impact the engine’s performance and there have been a lack of reports of accidents because of this specific issue, the automaker included.
Previously this year, the cold-climate engine issue led the Tokyo-headquartered automaker to recall 130,000 of its popular CR-V SUV models and 294,500 Civic cars in the country.
The company is presently researching if the same issue is impacting the Honda Jade car and the UR-V crossover SUV, Honda spokesman Zhu Linjie stated.
“If it is so determined that these models are also being affected by the same engine issue, Honda will announce measures to deal with it,” Zhu informed Reuters.
The quality issue has resulted in a slump in Honda’s business in the nation. Its sales dropped for a sixth straight month in July, falling 7.8 percent from a year earlier to 105,960 vehicles.
During the first seven months of this year, Honda’s sales volume in China dropped 6.6 percent from a year ago to 715,060 vehicles.