The 2016 Honda Civics have not been on the roadways long, but Honda already issued a stop sale and safety recall notice for the vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. According to Autoblog, the recalled Civics can apparently suffer from engine failure early on in their use. The 1.5-liter turbocharged version of the Civic is unaffected by the recall notice.
“While the specific details of this action are still being determined, American Honda has provided preliminary information to the [National Highway Traffic Administration] NHTSA and intends to provide more details in a formal notification to NHTSA on Friday, February 5,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin told Autoblog. Honda also confirmed that it will make an official announcement of the stop-sale and recall once representatives have spoken with NHTSA and received an official campaign number.
The Honda Service Bulletin number 16-017, which was issued on Jan. 30, 2016, to all Honda dealers, states the following about the potentially defective Civics:
“A small number of engines were produced with piston ping snap rings that may not be completely seated. If the snap ring is not completely seated, it will come out allowing the piston pin to contact the cylinder wall which can damage the engine.”
Honda dealers will need to utilize a device called a borescope to inspect the pin snap rings on the possibly defective 2.0-liter Civic engines. However, considering the potential magnitude of this recall, it will likely take some time for Honda to acquire enough replacements parts or borescope tools to fix the issue, so a time table for the recall has not been announced.
Until the recall is officially announced, owners of the affected Civics are asked to gather the necessary paperwork, such as their VIN number, and contact their dealer for more information.