The 2016 Honda Civic is barely a few months old and already it’s facing a recall. Specifically, 2016 Civics with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are being recalled; the 1.5-liter turbo-four is fine. What’s the issue? According to a CivicX forum post, citing an internal Honda memo, the culprit is “missing or misset piston pin snap rings that may cause engine stall or failure.” Dealers have been issued a stop sale notice and any that continue selling 2016 Civics with the 2.0-liter engine will be on the hook for potential damages and repairs due to the issue.
The forum post on CivicX has been updated numerous times since the original post and now states 8,000 Civics in Canada and 33,735 in the US are being recalled for a second look. Autoblog reached out to Honda spokesperson Chris Martin for details, and he confirmed the news in part. While the specific details of this action are still being determined, American Honda has provided preliminary information to the NHTSA and intends to provide more details in a formal notification to NHTSA on Friday, February 5," he said. Honda needs to move quickly on this as the 10th-generation Civic had a ton of positive momentum going into 2016.
The last thing the automaker needs is for customers to start having their new rides break down and leave them stranded, or potentially get them into accidents. Having to inspect almost 42,000 between the US and Canada certainly sucks but it could have been a lot worse if even another few months had passed by.