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Honda US to check Accords, CR-Vs for oil leaks


Honda Motor Co Ltd will notify about 1,200 owners of 2011 model year Accords and CR-Vs of possible engine oil leaks due to a manufacturing problem, a company spokeswoman said on Monday.

The automaker also has notified dealers that some 5,000 of its 2011 model year Accords and 4,300 of its 2011 model year CR-Vs on dealer lots must be inspected for the part that could lead to engine oil leaks, spokeswoman Gina Cappelletti said.

The moves come at a time when Honda has seen its US market share decline despite massive recalls at rival Toyota Motor Corp and newer vehicles such as the Honda CR-Z hybrid have received a tepid response from critics.

Honda also announced earlier in December that it would end production of its boxy, slow-selling Element crossover.

Honda notified dealers of the potential problem in the 2011 model year Accords and CR-Vs in a service bulletin dated December 3. A copy of the technical service bulletin was obtained by Reuters. Customers will be notified of the problem in mid-December, Honda said in the notice.

The vehicles in dealers' inventory "must be repaired before they are sold," Honda said in the notice.

Most of the vehicles will require only an inspection to determine whether a part was cast incorrectly, Honda said.

The notice followed a separate notification dated November 24 in which Honda told dealers excess paint was a possible cause of engine oil leaks by the cylinder head cover in 2006 to 2010 model year Accords, Civic Si models, CR-Vs and Elements.

The repair for that separate issue, sanding away the extra paint, would be covered under warranty, the Honda notice said.

Honda began to sell the 2011 model year Accords in August. The notice covers some two and four-door Accords. The automaker began to sell the 2011 model year CR-Vs in October and the repairs cover some two and four-wheel drive CR-Vs.

Automakers use a system of notices to dealers for repairs that are not in their judgment considered to be safety issues. Problems that are considered safety issues require formal recalls under US auto safety rules.