The beloved Honda Civic received a snazzy redesign for the 2016 model year. Unfortunately, it also received some dodgy software that could disable the parking brake.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the faulty code is found in a component supplied by Continental Automotive Systems--specifically, the electronic control unit that manages the Civic's stability assist function. If the car's parking brake is applied immediately after a driver turns off the engine, the control unit's software may prevent the parking brake from engaging, which could allow the vehicle to roll away.
To date, Honda has received 342 warranty claims from customers related to the issue. However, there have been no reports of roll-aways, crashes, or injuries.
Honda notes when the parking brake problem occurs, drivers are alerted by a blinking warning light on the instrument cluster. Honda also says that that the Civic's parking brake works as intended if drivers engage it before shutting off the engine.
The recall is limited to 2016 Honda two-door and four-door vehicles equipped with 1.5L turbo and 2.0L engines. Honda says that 350,083 of those vehicles are registered in the U.S.
Honda will mail recall notices to owners by November 8, instructing them to take their vehicles to a dealership for service. Dealers will update the Civic's software at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138 and ask about recall KC6. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V725000.