The Problem: The pistons might not have a wrist pin circlip or the part's installation could be incorrect. This problem could cause the engine to seize, leading to engine damage and an increased risk of fire or a crash.
Injuries/Deaths: There are no deaths, but there was an unconfirmed report of a minor injury that didn't require medical attention, according to Honda. There was also a report of one engine fire, which was separate from the minor injury.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the engines and replace any damaged parts as necessary.
If You Own One: Honda won't have the parts ready until this summer. Owners will receive initial notification about the recall in March, and they'll get a second letter when the components are ready.
More Information: Honda already issued a stop sale on the 2016 Civic Sedan equipped with the 2.0-liter engine due to this problem.
Report Receipt Date: FEB 09, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V074000
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42,129
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Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
HONDA CIVIC 2016
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2016 Civic vehicles manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016 and equipped with 2.0L engines. The affected vehicles have engines with piston assemblies that may have been manufactured without a piston wrist pin circlip or with an incorrectly installed piston wrist pin circlip.
If a circlip is missing or incorrectly installed, the piston wrist pin may not be secure and may drift and damage the engine cylinder causing the engine to seize, and increasing the risk of a crash or a fire.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the piston assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. Parts are expected to be available in the Summer of 2016. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 15, 2016, and will be mailed a second notice when parts are available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JX9.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Statement by American Honda Regarding 2.0 Liter Engine Piston Pin Circlip Recall: 2016 Civic Sedan
Feb 23, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.
• Approximately 42,000 Civic Sedans equipped with the 2.0-liter engine affected in the United States;
• No turbo engine models are affected by this action
• Engine will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired, free of charge
American Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 42,000 Civic Sedans from the 2016 model year equipped with the 2.0 liter engine to inspect the engine pistons and, if necessary, repair any damaged components, free of charge. Honda has received one report of an engine fire related to this issue and one separate unconfirmed report of a minor injury that did not require medical attention.
During assembly of certain 2.0 liter engines, piston assembly manufacturing errors could have resulted in a missing or mis-set piston pin circlip. Engine vibration can cause such an unsecured piston pin to move out of place and interfere with the engine cylinder wall, potentially resulting in a seized engine. A seized engine will cause unexpected deceleration and loss of motive power, increasing the risk of crash. Engine block damage could also occur and allow for engine oil leakage, increasing the risk of fire in the presence of an ignition source.
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-March 2016. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles will require inspection by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.
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