Honda Canada will voluntarily recall 10,698 Civic Sedans from the 2016 model year equipped with the 2.0-litre engine to inspect the engine pistons and, if necessary, repair any damaged components, free of charge. Honda has not received any report of accident or injuries related to this issue in Canada.
As a result of a manufacturing issue, certain 2.0 litre engines may have been manufactured with a missing or mis-set piston pin circlip. Engine vibration can cause 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 a crash. Engine block damage could also occur and allow for engine oil leakage, increasing the risk of a 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 March 2016. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles require inspection now by going to www.honda.ca/recalls or by calling (888) 9HONDA9.