• Sep 14, 2007
Honda Civics are generally respected as reliable transportation, and aren't supposed to be prone to things like, say, wheels falling off. But that's the reason Honda is recalling more than 182,000 of them made in 2006-2007.
Honda says the trouble comes from a leaky O-ring in the wheel speed sensor. Water could damage the wheel bearing, which could result in one of the four wheels falling off, "possibly resulting in a crash." Ya think?

Owners of the affected Civics can expect a note in the mail from Honda, offering to fix the problem and replace any damaged parts.

You can read the full recall notice from NHTSA.gov after the jump.

Thanks for the tip, Herb!

[Source: The Detroit News] NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07V399000

Mfr's Report Date : AUG 30, 2007

Component: WHEELS

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 182756


Summary:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, THE WHEEL SPEED SENSOR HOUSING USES AN O-RING SEAL TO PREVENT LEAKAGE TO OR FROM THE WHEEL BEARING. IF ASSEMBLED IMPROPERLY, THE O-RING MAY NOT SEAL PROPERLY ALLOWING WATER TO ENTER THE WHEEL BEARING AND EVENTUALLY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE BEARING, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WHERE USE OF ROAD SALT IS PREVALENT. IF THE DRIVER CONTINUES TO DRIVE WITH THIS CONDITION IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE WHEEL BEARING TO BECOME LOOSE, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE BEARING TO FAIL.

Consequence:
THIS COULD CAUSE A WHEEL TO FALL OFF OF THE VEHICLE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR ABS SENSORS AND WHEEL BEARINGS FOR DAMAGED PARTS AND REPLACE THEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 17, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes:
HONDA RECALL NO. Q56. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like how Autoblog rounds Chrysler's recall UP to the nearest hundred thousand and rounds Honda's DOWN to the nearest thousand.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks like Chris Tutor missed rounding lessons in math class. When the number is above 500 you round up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or just RicardoHead. If you don't like it, you could go back to leftlanenews.com. That site is a haven for out of control import haters.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't hate imports, but I also don't love them.

        Same feelings I have for the domestics, actually. I just think this is funny because import lovers/domestic haters are always so smug.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you read the syntax of their post, it refers to them correctly, meaning they rounded down for Honda and stated "more than 182,000," while for Chrysler they rounded up and stated "Almost 300,000." 4000 away from 300,000 is a pretty small hair to split, but I guess that's what we autoblog commenters do.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chris please wake up. Toyota, Honda and the rest hid tons of issues from the public. This dates back to the early 90's. They were never any better! Let's not even get started on Mitsubishi or Nissan!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Can you imagine then, how many issues the other car makers hid. Lets not get started with GM, Ford or Chrysler. You didn't mention Fords exploding front springs but that may have been "hidden" from you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        You don't have adult conversations with anyone, Bryan. I gave you a contridiction to your posts and you can't take it. That's more child like, then me giving you the facts. Your anti import and I am honest. You are so one sided that you can't see.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        "See Barney, you are a typical import lover."

        I own four domestics and ONE(1) import. Not typical but typically pissed off by people like you, who tries to suggest the imports have all the recalls. Domestic auto makers have a lot of "secret" problems that only the owner learns about the hard way. My domestics have revealed a few to me and I have been fighting Ford & GM consistently. My import is 22 years old and I "have to" rely on it. Even though both GM & Ford admit to the problems, neither are willing to do a damn thing about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All the Honda haters and Chrysler dealers just got a chubby.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Barney, Why don't you go re-read my post, then read yours, and realize you put words into my mouth. And it's contradiction, not contri. Thanks for playing, next!
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      I got it whofan. Well seeing as the government and automobiles go hand in hand on a lot of things, it really is not off topic to talk about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      RicardoHead, "You mean like when Clinton signed NAFTA?"

      North American Free Trade Agreement has nothing to do with imports from the east. It's a trade agreement between Canada and the USA. What is on the platter now is an agreement to include Mexico. The present free trade agreement is one sided and in favor of the Americans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The NAFTA had to be signed by both countries. I'm a Canadian and see job loses in this country as well. Our present Prime Minister is only throwing wood in the fire. The agreement has only line the pockets of big business. My small business had to sell my HD commercial trucks at a loss, due to the softwood dispute. The USA is gaining in the deal, by getting inexpensive natural resources.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet you it's them Canadian Civics ... Socialists ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think NAFTA also includes Mexico. I think that might be where you find some of those missing American and Canadian jobs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Billy C signed NAFTA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess there aren't many who recall "packing" the front bearings. The bearings would be squeeling pretty loud before they would seize and a rarety for the wheel to fall off. "Packing" the bearings was required every 50,000 miles but sooner the better. Off road vehicles owners should follow the practice any time they go through deep water.So much for progress.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least there is a lifetime warranty on the seat belts...

      Also, if you want a wheel to fall off regardless of make or model, just visit your local Les Schwab and have them touch your car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll crap my pants if I see this on the evening news.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whofan we did not lose it...greedy republicans gave it away to make themselves richer.
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