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Honda to inspect nearly 9,300 Accords and CR-Vs of model 2011 for possible oil leak.

New Delhi, Dec. 14 -- Just after the slew of vehicle recalls and checks over several faulty issues across the vehicle manufacturers, new issues are cropping up once again in the highly sensitive US automobile market. This time it is the turn of Japanese automobile company Honda.

According to a Reuters report, 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. According to the report, Honda has sent a notice to 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. According to the report, Honda notified dealers of the potential problem in the 2011 model year Accords and CR-Vs in a service bulletin dated December 3. Customers will be notified of the problem in mid-December, Honda said in the notice, according to the report which also reported that the vehicles in dealers' inventory must be repaired before they are sold, Honda said in the notice. According to Honda, most of the vehicles will require only an inspection to determine whether a part was cast incorrectly, mentioned in the report.

It was reported that 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. According to the report, 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.

According to the report, usually 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 U.S. auto safety rules. This move come at a time when Honda has seen its U.S. 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.

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Date:Dec 14, 2010
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