Honda to recall 2016 Civic over engine issue: Report

The Honda Civic may soon be recalled.

Just months after its market introduction, Honda is reportedly preparing to recall its all-new 2016 Civic compact due to an engine manufacturing defect.

First reported on these pages earlier this month, Bloomberg is now reporting that Honda is on the verge of recalling certain versions of its Civic compact over a problem with the car's engine. According to a dealer service bulletin unearthed by CivicX.com, some versions of the Civic were built with missing or mis-set piston rings, causing the engine to stall or fail completely.

The issue is said to only cover versions of the Civic equipped with Honda's 2.0L four-cylinder engine. In all, about 34,000 Civics are believed to be affected. Honda spokesman Chris Martin confirmed to Bloomberg that the company issued a stop-sale on the Civic in late January, but declined to give any specifics.

According to the January 30 service bulletin, the parts to fix the defect were not readily available. It remains to be seen if Honda now has those parts in inventory.

The latest recall is just the latest in a string of engine woes for Honda. Since late 2013 Honda has recalled its Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey for various engine problems ranging from excesses oil consumption to total engine failure.

Images by Drew Johnson. Civic 1.5L pictured.

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