Honda denies possibility of similar errors in Vietnam and China

May 26, 2018 | 20:44
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General director of Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. Kuwahara reassured customers worried that Honda’s vehicles in Vietnam may have the same engine errors as vehicles in the US and China.
honda denies possibility of similar errors in vietnam and china
Honda's CR-V cars were launched in Vietnam in last November. Photo:

Kuwahara said in the afternoon of May 24 that Honda adjusted the technical specifications of CR-V and Civic vehicles to better match the export markets’ weather conditions. Therefore, Vietnamese owners do not need to worry about the same errors.

To clarify Honda’s recall decision, Kuwahara said: “The cars in China did not fit the weather conditions in some Chinese localities.”

The concerns were awakened after Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in the middle of February announced recalling 350,000 CR-V and Civic vehicles with 1.5L Turbo engines in China to resolve a problem caused by an unusual amount of un-combusted petrol collecting in the engine’s lubricant oil pan.

Honda’s CR-V and Civic vehicles in Vietnam are currently imported from Thailand.

According to, the issue hugely affected Honda’s sales revenue in March. In China alone, Honda’s revenue reduced by 13 per cent and fell by 2.3 per cent during the year’s first three months.

The number of CR-V vehicles sold in March was 916, far lower than the 14,360 in the same period last year. In addition, the sales revenue from Civic vehicles also fell by 16.5 per cent.

Reuters stated that the issue in some cases caused a strong odor of gasoline inside the car and in other cases the car’s check-engine light came on. Honda and its Chinese partner Dongfeng plan to resolve this issue by updating the engine’s gasoline injection control software. also stated that in many US forums specialised in Honda vehicles, many people complained about gasoline smell in the cabin of their CR-V cars. However, Honda has not announced recalling these vehicles in the US.

In 2016, Honda recalled 350,000 Civic vehicles in the US to resolve an issue with electronic brakes.

By Van Anh

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