WASHINGTON — American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 137 2014-'15 Honda Accord cars with a four-cylinder engine and 2015 Honda CR-V SUVs to replace the engine short block, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles may have been assembled with improperly torqued connecting rod bolts, which can cause the engine to lose power or leak oil," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Loss of engine power may result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
"If the engine leaks oil in the proximity of a hot engine or exhaust components, there is an increased risk of a fire."
No crashes or injuries have been linked to the recall, the automaker said in a statement.
The problem was discovered through a "warranty claim review process," Honda said.
The affected 2014 Accords were built from July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014, while the 2015 Accords were built from August 14, 2014 to January 30, 2015. The affected CR-Vs were built from September 9, 2014 to February 6, 2015.
The recall is expected to begin on March 27.
Honda said it is encouraging all owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as they receive notification of the recall. Owners can contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
Edmunds says: Recall notices should be in the mail in a couple of weeks. If you own one of these vehicles and have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.