Honda has issued a voluntary recall of its 2012 Civic over a potential issue with the left driveshaft. There are 50,000 cars that might be affected by an improperly assembled part. The fault can lead to the shaft dislodging from the outer CV joint while the car is moving, resulting in a loss of power and the inability to prevent the car from rolling away in certain conditions when the car is parked.

No accidents or deaths have been reported over the issue. Honda will notify owners beginning later this month, at which time they can take their cars to their dealers for inspection. You'll find the full release from Honda by scrolling down.
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Statement by American Honda Regarding Left Driveshaft Recall: 2012 Honda Civic

06/12/2012 - TORRANCE, Calif. -- Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 50,000 model-year 2012 Civic vehicles in the United States to inspect and, if necessary, replace the left driveshaft. The left (driver's side) driveshaft in certain vehicles may not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from the outer CV joint while in operation. If separation occurs, the engine will no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle may roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the Park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-June 2012. In addition to contacting customers by mail, in late-June, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.


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      John Perry
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much tax money did Honda or any of the socalled foreign manufacturers need to be bailed put? How many employees did Honda or Toyota lay off during the meltdown? When was the last time you saw a 15 or 20 year old good looking or well running domectic vehicle on the road?
        danno
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Perry
        Around ten minutes ago when i got into my sivlerado with 170000 miles on it..Oh and when is the last time you sent around thirty thousand or more to toykyo or korea for that asian dreamride that may be assembeled here in the states buy guess what country gets all of your cash and it certtainly is not the united states...genuis..
          patriot72812
          • 2 Years Ago
          @danno
          Honda has over 25,000 direct employees. When you consider all the suppliers, and companies that benefits from working with Honda, the numbers are closer to 150,000. Where does all their money go? The economy of the country you live in! There areso many Honda's with over 500,000 miles on them (even a few with 1,000,000 miles on them) now on display everywhere that we have now lost count. How many Silverado's do you know that can match that?
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @danno
          Yeah, because 100% of the profits go back to the manufacturers home country. /s You are a fool.
        Hardline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Perry
        My 98 Ford Escort probably runs better than this 2012 Civic does and I know my 01 Crown Vic does
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hardline
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        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Perry
        Uhh, my 96 Mustang runs like new. 130k Miles. Original Clutch, no engine problems, no squeaks or rattles, I'm still on my second battery (the original Motorcraft battery failed after 9 years). The only notable repairs were oxygen sensors last year and a new aftermarket power lock motor (because it was a year-end leftover and the dealer didn't have any with factory power locks so I had aftermarket power locks installed after I bought it). My neighbor has been getting a new Explorer every 5 years from work ever since they came out and puts 200k miles on them with no problems. My Dad has a 2003 Explorer with 160k miles of towing a 5,000 pound trailer (unloaded) with one set of rear replacement springs and struts. Engine, transmission, 4x4 system are all in perfect order. And there are thousands and thousands of Crown Vic police cars and Town Cars running around with upwards of 200,000 miles on them. The Town Car that picked my brother up for his last business trip had 440,000 miles on it. Maybe the reason there are so many old Hondas and Toyotas on the road is because their new models don't offer much different. They're still bland, boring, mundane appliances. If I owned an 06 Camry I wouldn't be in any rush to buy the new one.
        susan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Perry
        Well for your information, Honda in Lincoln Alabama laid off over 800 temps and offered buy out packages to some of there full time employees and alot of them were more than happy to take the offer, it is a terrible place to work!!!!!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @susan
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        Bscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Perry
        Never been to a classic car show before? Few years ago I owned a 1965 Chevelle Malibu that I would drive around town for the hell of it, even got groceries in it a few times. I'm sure the guy in OK who bought it offa me is still driving it today.
      binin7
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have 2 Civics in our house hold....we love them......and we are all FULL BLOWN conservative Republicans here.......conservative = we like reliable gas sippers that don't get bad ball joints at 30,000 miles....hee hee.... You folks who drive American......I gotta say.....once you go Jap..you never go back! <><
        R
        • 2 Years Ago
        @binin7
        Amen!
        DRILLER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @binin7
        had a jap ONCE will NEVER go back , gas mileage isnt that great the car is too small, and man can you say cheap poorly constructed shitboxes? I drive an American CUV that gets 27.9 on the road, Not bad for two and a half TONS travelling 70. No recalls, never had the hood up except to show off my 3.6l vvt ataTC 363 hp V-6, 0-60 in less then 200 feet AND the MOST important part , I didnt put my neighbors out of work!.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DRILLER
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        crazybobmt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @binin7
        how do republicans fit in civics ??their heads are way yoo big
        danno
        • 2 Years Ago
        @binin7
        Oh yea roughly 200 hundred million or so japanese citizens are relying on you and your hard earned dollars to support there nation.. so keep up the good work be it japan or korea..Why not move so to enrich there economy's 100% as there homes and way of life is just your little dream of never having any problems ever again.. whoops forgot no immigation allowed ..as japan remains yet still today 100% japanese..conservative. yea sure you are..
        stvrahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @binin7
        And once you go Korean, you don't return to the Japanese. I am on my third Hyundai, and will almost certainly go straight to another.
      mjtgpt
      • 2 Years Ago
      be american buy american say no to hondas, toyotas, kias, hyundias
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mjtgpt
        You realize that the Civic is built in America, right?
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mjtgpt
        I'll buy the best car I can afford, thanks. If that car is American, then it's American. If it's not, I'm not going to suffer because someone who is confused by the shift key wants everyone to be patriotic.
        patriot72812
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mjtgpt
        Actually the company that produces the driveshaft has it headquarters located near the Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. I just happens that Honda is only 10% of this companies total business. Their main customers are the big 3. The design is their design which is also used on many big 3 vehicles. They are even assembled right next to each other. So before you slam on the Japanese, you should do your research and you'll find that Honda's domestic content far exceeds many big 3 companies. Now, who is more American! By the way, Honda didn't need a handout through the turbulent times. God knows Honda has had theirs in the past few years!
      danno
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh no the liberal's staple of transportation..hon-da or to-yo-ta..in this case honda.. impossible as nothing ever goes wrong with these auto's...yea sure..
        Sam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @danno
        Danno.. Your posted the dumbest post ever written here. Congratulations!
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @danno
        Only liberals drive Hondas and Toyotas? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
      Forcedinductionfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      LMAO. I wonder where all the UAW trolls are at, promoting their American made POS cars and bashing Japanese cars. At least Japanese cars don't blow up at 20k miles like American cars do.
        ticknert2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        Still driving my 73 Dodge club cab. Just sold a 76 Chevy Nova with 340,000 miles. Nothing against Honda's or Toys.
      Nygard1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would buy an American-made Honda any day of the week. Couldn't give me a Government Motors Whatever...
      TM
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was the UAW that destroyed The Auto Capital of The World!
      Biff Johnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes people will keep blindly buying foreign cars like Toyota and Honda, rather than keep their money in this country. Sad, how foolish Americans can be.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Biff Johnson
        Your a moron! Why is it you think people went for foreign cars... Possibly for YEARS american makers built junk and expected this country's citizens to plunk out their herd earned dollars for this junk... The US automakers just opened the door for the foreign makers and then showed the the red carpet... You keep on buying the junk and I'll keep driving a 20 year old civic that still starts on the first key turn!
        Mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Biff Johnson
        hey biff.......most toyota's and honda are built here in the USA and hire a helluva lot of people. So before you make and idiotic statement get your facts straight....if it wern't for the foreign car market years ago Detroit would still be making Pintos and Vega's. They don't take tax dollars when going bankrupt either.
        Mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Biff Johnson
        hey biff.......most toyota's and honda are built here in the USA and hire a lot of people. So before you make and idiotic statement get your facts straight....if it wern't for the foreign car market years ago Detroit would still be making Pintos and Vega's. They don't take tax dollars when gonig bankrupt either.
        PsychoPath
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Biff Johnson
        how about owning the world. is it really country versus country, or would one say its foe vs.friend. stop judging. you're lucky to be alive to witness the way of the people. for your neighbor is not only to the left and right of you nor in front or behind, but its entirety of world is your neighbor. oh how selfish one can be..and the pride you speak is ultimately reflected through your livelihood. post your address name and phone number and be acknowledge by the ways you speak, "fool"..
      Aunty Sara
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a HONDA Walking Commerical! Since 1990 I have owned 3 HONDA ACCORDS XL, the HONDA ODYSSEY for the soccer team and now the HONDA PILOT. I LOVE HONDAS! I was always saving to buy a newer version of a HONDA at 49,000 miles;best time to trade. BUY A HONDA!!!!
        gerbersmail
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aunty Sara
        And why is 49,000 miles a good time to trade? You never get close to market value on ANY trade in....EVER. And if you think you are they are getting you on the back end of the deal on your new vehicle.
        adika3z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aunty Sara
        yes nice honda vehicle, what country make this honda vehicle, america or japan or mixed
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing how badly they failed with this car.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Karl T
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          Karl T
          • 2 Years Ago
          Wow, you're a genius.... You may want to look into your 'facts' there. A YEAR AGO MAY sales were EXACTLY when the old and new designs were being switch-overed at dealerships. Not only that, but this sums-up perfectly what is taking place today: "...A Reuters report cites TrueCar data that suggests Honda Civic incentives have “more than quintupled” since the car went on sale in April 2011, to almost $1900 per car in January, indicating that the car’s sales surge may have partly been driven by good deals...." MORE THAN QUINTUPLED incentives on the car. What's "horrible" is people who don't even make an effort at research before making an ignorant statement.. And in case you also didn't hear- within months of releasing the car, Honda apologized to dealers and promised a redesign within a year. btw- if you're really lazy, you can still find all the above on Autoblog's own section for the Civic.
        caprese00
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Karl T
        I think what Karl T is trying to say is that this generation of the Honda Civic was a big letdown according to the automotive press. Honda cheapened the interior and did not get a lot of raves with its lackluster styling. Honda even admits to this "error", and is rushing a quick refresh of the Civic...I believe for the 2013 model year.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      another week, another asian POS recall... You idiots deserve what you get
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        And it will be listed immediately following Jeeps expanded recall today of Libertys to 359,000 units. More than SEVEN times the number of Civics being recalled. Asian car companies have a long, long way to go before they catch-up to the number of US-brand recalls. I do believe your post is what kids refer to as 'FAIL'.
          Ren Nagata
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          oh man did they even sell that many liberties?
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey biff.......most toyota's and honda are built here in the USA and hire a helluva lot of people. So before you make and idiotic statement get your facts straight....if it wern't for the foreign car market years ago Detroit would still be making Pintos and Vega's. They don't take tax dollars when gonig bankrupt either.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        Mark, Toyota imports the RAV4, Prius, Prius V, Yaris, FJ Cruiser, Matrix. All Lexus (Toyota) models are imported IS, GS, ES, LS, PX, GX, LX. All Scion (Toyota) models tC, xB, xD, iQ, FR-S. Kia imports the Soul, Rio, Forte, Sorento, Sportage, and Sedona. Hyundai imports the Accent, Veloster, Azera, Tucsan, Veracruz and Equus . Nissan imports the Versa, Sentra, Cube, Leaf, Juke, GTR, 370Z, Rogue, Murano. Honda imports the Fit, CR-Z, Insight, FCX Clarity, and Civic Coupe. Suzuki imports the Kizashi, SX4 (all models), and Grand Vitara. Mitsubishi imports the Lancer (all models), I, Outlander, and Eclipse production ended in USA. All Mazda’s are imported now, Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, MX-5 Miata, RX-5, Tribute, CX-7, CX-9.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
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          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Perhaps because there are far fewer models imported from the Big 3 than from the foreign automakers. Furthermore, the cars that are imported from the Big 3 (with the exception of the Transit Connect which will be built in America starting next year now that it has been established as a sucessful seller) are imported from neighboring Canada and Mexico, Countries we have a favorable trade history with through NAFTA.
        cmcclarty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        Hey Pintos and Vegas made for great prostocks.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
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        @Mark
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