Honda Motor Co. will be sending out notices to about 1,200 owners of 2011 model year Accords and CR-Vs of possible engine oil leaks because of a manufacturing problem, according to spokeswoman Gina Cappelletti.
Honda has also informed dealers that they would have to inspect more than 5,000 of its 2011 model year Accords and 4,300 of its 2011 model year CR-Vs on dealer lots for the part that could lead to engine oil leaks.
The timing of this issue is particularly bad since Honda’s market share in the U.S. has been declining and critics have not been enthusiastic about its newer vehicles such as the Honda CR-Z hybrid.
Earlier this month, Honda has disclosed that it will halt the production of its slow-selling Element crossover.
Honda sent a technical service bulletin to dealers of the potential problem in the 2011 model year Accords and CR-Vs on Dec. 3. In this notice, Honda said that customers will be told of the issue in mid-December.
The Japanese manufacturer specified that the vehicles in dealers' inventory have to be fixed before they’re sold. Honda also said that for most vehicles, only a brief inspection will be necessary to know if a part was cast incorrectly. [via autonews - sub. required]