Not long after announcing the release of its newly-redesigned 2016 Civic
compact vehicle, automaker Honda is recalling the cars because the engines
may stall while the vehicle is being driven, placing the driver at risk
for a serious accident.
According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, the recall affects about
45,000 Honda Civic vehicles - about 34,000 in the United States and 11,000
in Canada. It covers the Civics built with two-liter, four-cylinder engines.
Documents filed by safety regulators in Canada say that the defect affects
the pistons in the vehicle. A circular clip that surrounds the piston
may have been installed incorrectly or may be missing altogether. If the
clip is not correctly installed, a pin on the piston can rub against the
engine block, which can cause the engine to stall or even to catch on fire.
Investigators have not yet determined whether the defect has caused any
crashes, injuries, or vehicle fires. A stall or vehicle fire in traffic
can cause injuries to drivers and passengers, or it may even cause an
accident if other drivers are not prepared to slow down or move out of
the way of the stopped vehicle.
In the United States, drivers can contact Honda or visit the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s vehicle website, safercar.gov,
to learn more about the recall. Defective vehicles can be taken to any
Honda dealership to have the defect repaired free of charge.
The Civic recall is the latest in a string of recalls by Honda for defective
vehicle parts that can cause severe injuries. Learn more:
Honda Expands Recalls After Authorities Confirm a Ninth Takata Air Bag Death.
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