A safety issue is prompting Honda to issue a stop-sale and recall of 2016 Civic models with 2.0-liter engines. The actions come after Honda discovered a production issue that could result in engine failure. Honda says it plans to issue an official recall in March.
The problem impacts an estimated 34,000 Civics in the U.S. that could have faulty, or in some cases even missing, piston pin snap rings. Either problem could cause the engine to stall or fail.
According to Honda Service Bulletin posted on CivicX, “A small number of engines were produced with piston pin 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.”
A borescope will be used to inspect each vehicle to make sure the snap rings are there and installed correctly. Honda reportedly doesn’t currently have enough replacement parts to handle the problem. This means that the automaker is currently stocking up on these products. Until then, the current estimated date that Honda will notify drivers of the recall is mid-March.
“While the specific details of this action are still being determined, American Honda has provided preliminary information to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and intends to provide more details in a formal notification to NHTSA on Friday, February 5,” says a Honda spokesperson.
Good news for those of you who went with the 1.5-liter engine. The automaker assures that those models are not affected.
If you drive a 2016 Civic with a 2.0-liter engine Honda advises that you get your vehicle’s paperwork and VIN number ready. You can also contact local Honda dealers or American Honda for more help.