Honda has announced a recall of 2016 Honda Civic sedans equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine due to a piston issue.
In the approximately 42,129 vehicle in the United States that are affected by the recall, the piston assemblies may have been manufactured without a wrist pin circlip or the part’s installation could have been done incorrectly. As a result of this, it’s possible that the engine may become damaged or seize, which could lead to an increased risk of a crash or a fire. Thus far, one minor injury and one engine fire have been reported to Honda as related to this issue.
An initial recall notification will be sent to owners in mid-March, although replacement parts won’t be available until the summer of 2016. Honda dealerships will then inspect and replace the faulty piston assemblies free of charge.
Earlier this month, Honda issued a stop sale of these vehicles due to an undisclosed problem that could lead to engine failure. In announcing this recall Honda confirmed what was rumored to be the issue in a document posted on a CivicX forum, although the number of affected vehicle is higher than initially predicted.