Statement by American Honda Regarding 2.0 Liter Engine Piston Pin Circlip Recall for 2016 Civic Sedan
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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.