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Honda to recall 96,900 Avancier crossovers, checks 2 other models
Reuters | 2018/8/7

Honda Motor Co. on Monday said it will recall 96,900 Avancier crossovers in China because of a cold-climate engine problem that has led to hundreds of thousands of its vehicles being recalled this year.

The midsize Avancier is produced and sold in the world's biggest auto market by one of Honda's two local joint ventures. Honda said it was looking at two other models in China to see if they had the same problem.

The recall is linked to an unusual amount of uncombusted gasoline collecting in the engine's lubricant oil pan. In some cases a strong odor of gasoline was noticed inside the vehicle and in other cases the vehicle's check-engine light came on, Honda has said.

The problem does not affect the engine's performance and there have been no reports of accidents because of it, the automaker added.

This year, the cold-climate engine problem prompted the Japanese automaker to recall 130,000 of its popular CR-V crossovers and 294,500 Civic cars in China.

The company is looking into whether the same problem is affecting the Honda Jade car and the UR-V crossover, Honda spokesman Zhu Linjie said.

"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 told Reuters.

The problem has led to a slump in Honda's business in the country. Its sales fell for a sixth straight month in July, down 7.8 percent from a year earlier to 105,960 vehicles.

During the first seven months of 2018, Honda's sales volume in China fell 6.6 percent from a year ago to 715,060 vehicles.

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