Honda Readies Recall of 350,000 Vehicles in China

February 13, 2018 at 1:54 AM

Honda Motor Co. plans to call back about 350,000 of its vehicles in China to fix an engine problem that can cause gasoline to collect in the oil pan.

The recall targets Civic small sedans and CR-V small SUVs equipped with 1.5-liter turbocharged engines and operated in cold climates, according to the Shanghai Daily.

Honda claims the problem, which can produce a strong gasoline odor in the vehicle, does not affect engine performance and has not caused crashes or injuries. The recall responds to a wave of customer complaints within the past month, the newspaper says.

Reports say unburned gasoline can accumulate in the oil but is evaporated when the engine heats up. The vapors are recovered and reintroduced to the engine’s combustion chamber. Honda theorizes the problem occurs when cars in cold climates are driven short distances.

Honda and partner Dongfeng Motor Group Co. say dealers will cure the problem by updating the engine’s fuel injection control software.​​​​​​​​​​​​