The paint on the totally redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is still drying, and already it is undergoing a stop-sale. This report hails from the folks over at the CivicX.com forum who have a document talking all about the stop-sale and how Honda plans to fix the issue.
According to the document that the forum shared, the issue only affects models with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The document reveals that the 2016 Civic’s 2.0-liter engine may have “missing or misset piston snap rings that may cause engine stall or failure.” Because Honda needs to repair a reported 33,735 impacted Civics before they reach buyers, it has told dealers to stop selling the new Civic with the 2.0-liter until their service departments can inspect and repair all affected models.
Initially, the outlook for repair looked gloomy, as Honda seemed uncertain when the tools and parts needed to perform the repair would be available. Luckily, a later update on the forum claimed that the tool to do the repair will be available by February 5th, meaning these models should be ready to roll in just a few more weeks.
As for folks who’ve already purchased a 2.0-equipped 2016 Civic, you will get notification from Honda in February with all of the instructions on how to get the engine repaired free of charge.
While all of this sounds pretty nasty for a new-generation vehicle, it is not anything out of the norm for automakers. Mistakes like this can happen; what’s important is that Honda caught it early on and is nipping it now instead of letting it drag on.
We’ll pass on any additional info on this recall as the details become available.