Honda Motor is recalling 70,240 of its popular Accord models in China over a possible fuel tank defect, the second car recall in the country in a week.

Reuters noted that, on Friday, FAW Car Co. said it was recalling 30,000 licence-made Mazda 6s, also because of fuel tank problems.

The Honda recall reportedly affects three models made at its venture in Guangzhou with partner Denway Motors Ltd. between January 15 and October 29, 2003.

According to the news agency, the joint venture – Guangzhou Honda Automotive Co Ltd – said it had observed cracks developing in the fuel tanks of 2003 Accords, and wanted to examine or fix Chinese-made models.

Last August, Honda said it would recall 31,000 Accords due to a faulty exhaust pipe that could emit harmful fuel vapours, after a similar defect was found in Japanese-made Accords, Reuters said.