Honda has issued a recall of just 157 examples of the 2012 Civic due to a steering column issue. The sedans in question were built between October 26 and October 30 this year, and were fitted with the wrong steering column assembly. Because these particular columns "may not have proper energy absorbing characteristics," in the event of an accident the risk of injury is increased.

Honda is notifying owners and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the recall is expected to begin on December 4. The affected owners will have their steering columns replaced free of charge. The bulletin below from NHTSA has more information.
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Report Date: December 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V548000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2012 HONDA / CIVIC
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Report Receipt Date: NOV 21, 2012
Component: STEERING:COLUMN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 157

Summary:
Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 Civic passenger vehicles, manufactured from October 26, 2012, through October 30, 2012. These vehicles were assembled with the incorrect steering column assembly.

Consequence:
The steering column may not have proper energy absorbing characteristics, which could increase the risk of injury during a vehicle crash.

Remedy:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the steering column, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on December 4, 2012. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Notes:
Honda's campaign recall number is S69. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety


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      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet the "new" vs "old" bracket is in the ballpark of 5mm difference. Would you ever know? No, but its not worth taking the risk of lawsuits.
      glalli2
      • 2 Years Ago
      when are you american going to wake up those asain cars are junk.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @glalli2
        When you think 200,000 annual Civic buyers--people on real budgets who demand reliable transportation--are willingly choosing "junk", I think the problem lies outside those 200,000 people.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @glalli2
        ??? yeah, go ahead and explain your theory here about who leads the auto industry hands down.
        weirdracin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @glalli2
        these were built in the USA and while they had to recall 157 cars, compared to Fords 4 different recalls for thousands of cars.
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      JUNK.
      luvscds34953
      • 2 Years Ago
      Real americans buy real american cars !
        cmcclarty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luvscds34953
        So you must own a toyota then.
        michigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luvscds34953
        Do you mean Nissan built in Tennessee or Fords built in Mexico?
        churchmotor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luvscds34953
        luvscds34953, by REAL (A)merican cars, do you mean: Dodge Dart? Oops, that's just a rebadged Alfa Romeo, and FIAT owns Dodge. Strike that one. Ford Fusion? Oops, thats a European engineered, designed, test car, and it's imported from Mexico. Strike that one. Perhaps a Cruze. Oops, that's an Opel/Daewoo design...
        doonooch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luvscds34953
        American cars suck.
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      How does this happen? The "wrong" steering column assembly? What other cars are made on the Civic assembly line? Also, if it is the wrong steering column assembly was installed into the affected cars, doesn't it follow that these assemblys were designed for other cars, and that there may be other Hondas also riding around with the steering columns that were meant for these cars?
        chrismartinhondapr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        These 2012 Civics were built near the time of factory transition to the 2013 Civic, and steering column tilt brackets specified for the 2013 Civic were mistakenly installed in these few 2012 models. The 2013 Civic received a new version of Honda's ACE body structure, likely making it the first compact car capable of achieving IIHS' new Top Safety Pick Plus status (new small overlap crash test). So, many other vehicle components were changed to account for the new body structure's energy absorbtion characteristics. Thus, the different tilt bracket between 2012 and 2013. Honda is confident that only these 157 vehicles are affected. For concerned owners of the 2012 Civic, more info can be found at www.recalls.honda.com Chris Martin Honda Public Relations
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our so called "American" cars/vehicles often have high amounts of NON U.S.A. parts and labor!--CANADIAN engines, seats/upholstery from Mexico or other non-U.S. places, and electronics from Japan, Phillipines, Malaysia, China, etc! (YES, I am talking about GM, FORD, CHRYSLER, HARLEY DAVIDSON, JOHN DEERE, and INTERNATIONAL!)
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every recall announcement makes me love my '03 more and more everyday.
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