BEIJING -- Honda Motor Co.'s venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. is recalling 222,674 Accord sedans in China, market regulators said on Thursday, after recent complaints on social media about the car engine's quality.
The recall is linked to a problem caused by the intercooler on the car's 1.5T turbocharged engine. In certain situations, the engine can lose speed to protect the vehicle, according to a document on China's State Administration for Market Regulation.
Some owners of the Accord have posted videos that showed their cars losing speed, on social media Weibo over the past weeks. Many of them have demanded a recall of the model.
The Guangzhou-based joint venture will install devices that optimize the air flow rate on the engine intercooler, according to the document.
New-vehicle sales in China, the world's largest auto market, fell for a 12th straight month in June, and a top industry trade group has predicted they will fall for the second year in 2019.
However, Honda's China sales have outperformed the overall market. In the first seven months of the year, its local ventures reported a 21 percent rise in sales due to newly revamped models.
Honda recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles including the popular Civic and CR-V last year, due to a cold-climate engine problem.