2016 Honda Civic: Stop-Sale Issued, Recall Looms, Engine Issue To Blame

February 22, 2016

The all-new Honda Civic raced into showrooms last October, but it's already begun to hit speed bumps. According to Bloomberg, Honda is preparing to recall 2016 Civics registered in the U.S. due to engine problems.

The Honda Civic is a hugely popular model. According to current stats, it's the fifth best-selling vehicle in America, and the second most popular car, just behind the Toyota Camry. (FWIW, the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram are the top three sellers.)

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That said, the past few years haven't been especially kind to the Civic. The all-new 2012 model was widely panned by critics, and its ad campaign...well, it left something to be desired. Facing stiff competition in an increasingly crowded U.S. market, Honda made the unusual decision to revamp the Civic completely in just four years, instead of the usual seven.

And thus we come to the 2016 Civic. Though the model has been lauded by the press -- it was recently named the 2016 North American Car of the Year, and our own Marty Padgett scored it an 8.6 out of 10 --  the company issued a stop-sale notice to dealers in January. The reason? Missing or misplaced piston rings, which could cause the Civic's engine to stall or fail entirely.

Now, the company has sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a proposal to fix 2016 Civics already on the road. Though Honda hasn't commented on the specifics of its repair plan, a spokesman has said that if all goes as planned, recall notices should arrive in owners' mailboxes in mid-March. Some 34,000 vehicles are likely to be affected, but Honda hasn't provided a breakdown of how many have already been sold and how many remain in dealer inventories.

Stay tuned.

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