Honda will recall 69,090 UR-V sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, market regulators were quoted as saying on Thursday, a result of a cold-climate engine problem that has already forced the recall of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

Reuters reported the UR-V is produced and sold in China by Honda's joint venture with the Dongfeng Motor Group.

As many as 18,907 vehicle recalls are linked to problems caused by an unusual amount of unburned petrol collecting in the engine's sump, the news agency quoted the Defective Product Administration Centre of State Administration of Market Regulation as saying.

The issue in some cases caused a strong smell of petrol inside the car and in other cases the car's check-engine light came on, Honda said, Reuters noted.

The automaker has said the problem does not affect the engine's performance and there have been no reports of accidents because of this particular issue.

Reuters said Honda recalled 96,900 SUV Avancier vehicles on Monday while the same cold-climate engine issue had also prompted the recall of 130,000 CR-V SUV models and 294,500 Civic cars in China earlier this year.

Honda China spokesman Zhu Linjie declined to comment to Reuters on Thursday but had said on Monday the company was now trying to determine if the same issue was affecting the Honda Jade car and the UR-V.