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NEWS: Honda is recalling 977,000 vehicles; AIR BAGS
Report Receipt Date: JAN 13, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V030000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 977,708 

JANUARY 2017 -- Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2009-2012 Acura TSX, 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Acura ZDX, 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2010-2012 Honda Accord Crosstour and Honda Insight, 2009-2012 Honda Fit, 2009-2012 Pilot, 2007-2011 Honda CR-V, 2012 Honda FCX Clarity and 2006-2011 Honda Civic, Civic Hybrid, Civic NGV vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, if not included in "Zone A" above, Honda is recalling certain 2009 Acura TSX, Honda Fit and Pilot, 2008-2009 Honda Accord, 2006-2009 Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic NGV, and 2007-2009 Honda CR-V vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, if not included in "Zone B" above, Honda is recalling certain 2008 Honda Accord, 2006-2008 Honda Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic NGV and 2007-2008 Honda CR-V vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Honda's numbers for this recall are KE1 and KE2. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain 2016 Honda Civic two door and four door 1.5L turbo and 2.0L vehicles; PARKING BRAKE
Report Receipt Date: OCT 11, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V725000 
Component(s): PARKING BRAKE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 350,083

OCTOBER 2016 -- Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2016 Honda Civic two door and four door 1.5L turbo and 2.0L vehicles. The electric parking brake (EPB) may not engage if it is applied immediately after turning the ignition off. If the EPB is not applied, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle's software to allow the EPB to engage immediately after the ignition is turned off, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 8, 2016. Honda's number for this recall is KC6. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Honda is recalling certain 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles; EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Report Receipt Date: JUL 11, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V526000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11,846  

AUGUST 2016 -- American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles manufactured February 23, 2016, through May 20, 2016. The affected vehicles may have a damaged LED side marker light circuit board inside the taillight assembly, making the marker light inoperable. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment." If a side marker light does not function, vehicle visibility can be decreased to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect both the taillight assemblies, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2016. Honda's number for this recall is KB8. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Honda is recalling certain 2016 Civic vehicles; ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Report Receipt Date: FEB 09, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V074000 
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42,129 

FEBRUARY 2016 -- Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2016 Civic vehicles manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016 and equipped with 2.0L engines. The affected vehicles have engines with piston assemblies that may have been manufactured without a piston wrist pin circlip or with an incorrectly installed piston wrist pin circlip. If a circlip is missing or incorrectly installed, the piston wrist pin may not be secure and may drift and damage the engine cylinder causing the engine to seize, and increasing the risk of a crash or a fire. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the piston assemblies and damaged engine components, as necessary, free of charge. Parts are expected to be available in the Summer of 2016. Owners were mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016, and will be mailed a second notice when parts are available. Honda's number for this recall is JX9. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Honda is recalling certain 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit vehicles; POWER TRAIN 
Report Receipt Date: SEP 15, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V574000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 143,676 

OCT 2015 -- Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured March 12, 2014, to May 12, 2015. The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft. If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the transmission, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 16, 2015. Honda's numbers for this recall are JU2 (Civic) and JU3(Fit). Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Honda is recalling certain 2001-2003 Civic, 2002-2003 CR-V, and 2002 Odyssey vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 11, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V132000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 561,422

APRIL 2013 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2001-2003 Civic, model year 2002-2003 CR-V, and model year 2002 Odyssey vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants. Owners of all vehicles on which a defective air bag may have been installed either as original equipment, or as a replacement, will be notified. Dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The safety recall will begin on May 11, 2013. Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's recall campaign number is S95. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Honda is recalling certain 2012 Civic passenger vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V548000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

NOVEMBER 2012 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 Civic passenger vehicles, manufactured from October 26, 2012, through October 30, 2012. These vehicles were assembled with the incorrect steering column assembly. The steering column may not have proper energy absorbing characteristics, which could increase the risk of injury during a vehicle crash. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the steering column, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2012. Honda's campaign recall number is S69. 12V-548

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NEWS:  Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 Honda Civic vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V256000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

JUNE 2012 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 Honda Civic vehicles. During assembly, the process required to seat the driver’s side driveshaft and set the retaining clip was not completed. As a result, the driveshaft may separate. If this occurs, the vehicle will have a loss of drive power and may roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the “park” position, increasing the risk of crash or pedestrian injury. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver’s side driveshaft and install a new driveshaft, as needed, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, June 21, 2012. Honda's recall campaign number is s40. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.   12V-256

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NEWS:    Honda expands recall for Honda and Acura air bag defect
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 11V260000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

DECEMBER 2011 -- In December 2011, this recall was expanded to include an additional 272,779 vehicles and 640 air bags sold as replacement parts. Because Honda is unable to ascertain on which vehicles the 604 replacement air bags were installed, an additional 603,241 vehicles are also being recalled. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,709,477. This recall concerns certain vehicles falling within the following make, model, and model year populations, inclusive of this expansion: model year 2001-2002 Honda Accord, model year 2001-2003 Civic 2-door and 4-door model, model year 2002-2003 CR-V, model year 2001-2003 Odyssey, model year 2003 Acura CL, model year 2003 pilot and model year 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles. This recall is related to a series of recalls on these vehicles in which Honda is replacing the inflators within the driver's side air bag to address a defective condition. This recall addresses both air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the driver's air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's air bag, the inflator could produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the inflator to rupture with metal fragments striking and injuring the driver or other occupants. Owners of all vehicles on which a replacement service air bag may have been installed will be notified. Dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The safety recall began on or about june 27, 2011. Owners of vehicles involved in the december 2011 expansion will be notified in december 2011. This safety recall campaign is related to recalls 08v-593, 09v-259, and 10v-041. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 11V-260

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NEWS:  Honda recalls 304,035 cars globally for air bag defect

YAHOO NEWS -- December 2,  2011 – Honda Motor Co. announced today it has recalled 304,000 vehicles globally because they may contain defective air bags.
The global recall affects some of Honda and Acura’s most popular models, including the Accord, Civic, Odyssey and Pilot, over concerns that the vehicles’ air bags could burst in a crash due to defective inflators, sending metal and plastic pieces flying and potentially causing injury or death.

Some 273,000 of the cars recalled are in the U.S. and Canada, Honda said.

The recall announced today by the Japanese automaker is the sixth recall since 2008 for the same problem, and brings the total number of cars recalled to nearly 2 million.

By comparison, rival carmaker Toyota has recalled about 12 million vehicles in the past two years, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this year, Honda recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles in Asia and North America citing stalling engines.

Honda said there have been 20 accidents so far related to the air bag problem, including two deaths in the U.S., both in 2009.

The specific list of cars affected by Honda’s expanded recall includes: 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 3003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL

Honda’s expanded recall includes: 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 3003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL

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MAY 2011 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2012 Civic 2-door and 4-door vehicles manufactured from April 21, 2011, through May 2, 2011. There is a possibility that an o-ring, which seals a connection in the fuel feed line, is misaligned. If the o-ring is misaligned, a small fuel leak may occur. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel feed line assembly, free of charge. The safety recall began on May 27, 2011.  11V-288

MARCH 2011 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Honda Civic hybrid vehicles. There is a potential for the voltage converter that relays power from the integrated motor assist (IMA) system to the vehicle's electrical components to fail. This failure will cause the headlights to turn off, the engine to stall, and prevent the vehicle from being restarted, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the voltageconverter free of charge. The safety recall began on March 25, 2011.   11V-106

MARCH 2011 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2011 Honda Civic vehicles. To prevent fuel from leaking out of a vehicle's fuel tank into the evaporative emissions canister in the event a roll-over incident occurs, the fuel pump module is equipped with a roll over valve (ROV). Due to improper ultrasonic welding of the plastic case that houses the ROV within the fuel pump module, the case material may break or crack, which may cause the ROV to separate from the case and fail to function, thereby increasing the risk of fuel leakage in a roll-over incident. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel pump module and if necessary replace the module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before April 11, 2011.   11V-176


NEWS:   Honda adds 833,000 vehicles to airbag recall

YAHOO NEWS -- May 4, 2011 – Honda Motor Co Ltd expanded an earlier recall of Honda and Acura vehicles over airbags that could deploy with too much pressure, causing injuries or fatalities, the company said.

The expanded recall adds more than 833,000 vehicles for the model years 2001 through 2003.

Some of these vehicles contain replacement airbags that could contain the defect. Honda is looking for 2,430 replacement airbags that could contain the defect, but could not locate them all, leading to the large recall.

This is the fourth time Honda has widened its airbag recall. The first recall related to this issue was in 2008.

The number of vehicles affected now stands at 1.65 million, according to figures reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These additional vehicles were not included in earlier safety recalls because the original airbag modules on the driver's side were not affected by the issue. But replacement airbags could contain the defect, Honda said.

Honda told safety regulators that just 0.29 percent of the affected vehicles are likely to contain the defect.

In certain vehicles, excess pressure could cause the airbag inflator to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material causing injury or even a fatality.

A "small number" of injuries and two fatalities are linked to the airbag recalls, Honda spokeswoman Christina Ra said. These were not recent and did not kick off this move, Ra said.

The recall includes some 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic sedans, 2002 Odyssey minivans and 2002 and 2003 CR-V crossover vehicles. It also includes 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 3.2 CL vehicles.

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NEWS:   Honda recalls 37,000 Civic Hybrid cars in US

YAHOO NEWS -- March 7,  2011 – Honda recalls 37,000 Civic Hybrid cars in US

In the latest defect recall to hit Japanese automakers, Honda said Thursday it will recall nearly 37,000 Civic Hybrids in the United States.

Honda said a faulty converter in the hybrid control system could lead to the engine stalling and malfunction of the headlights.

No injuries or accidents have been reported in relation to the problem, which affects 2006 and 2007 models.

It comes two weeks after Honda said it was recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles worldwide due to defective parts that could stall the engine and cause problems restarting in certain models.

Honda has now recalled more than four million vehicles since February 2010 over a range of different issues, while Nissan has pulled around 3.5 million in the same period.

Toyota became mired in crisis when it recalled nearly nine million vehicles between late 2009 and February last year due to brake and accelerator defects linked to deadly accidents that tarnished its image of reliability.

As criticism mounted of its slow response and bureaucratic inflexibility, Toyota tightened its recall policy and has pulled around 16 million units since late 2009 over a range of issues.

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AUGUST 2010 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2003 Honda Accord, Civic two and four door, and model year 2003-2004 Honda Element vehicles. The interlock lever of the ignition switch may unexpectedly deform,which can allow the interlock function of a vehicle with an automatic transmission to be defeated. Removal of the ignition key when the gear selector of a vehicle with an automatic transmission has not been shifted to the park position can allow the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will remove the original interlock pin and lever within the ignition switch, and replace them with new, designed components. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about September 29, 2010.   10V-364


NEWS:   Honda recalls 383,000 US vehicles on ignition problem

Honda on Monday announced the recall of 383,000 vehicles in the United States because of problems with the ignition which could allow drivers to remove their key when the vehicle is not in the park position.

Honda said some ignition locking devices became damaged or worn over time, allowing the key to be removed when the transmission is not in park. If that occurs, the vehicle could roll away and cause an accident, Honda said.

"Honda has received several complaints about such failures in these vehicles and is aware of a small number of related incidents, including one that resulted in a minor injury," the Japanese automaker said in a statement.

The recall affects approximately 197,000 Accord and 117,000 Civic vehicles from the 2003 model year and roughly 69,000 Element vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years.

Honda last week recalled 585 Element vehicles from the 2010 model year to reset the automatic transmission shift cable.

"During vehicle assembly, some shift cables were not installed correctly, and over time the cable may become partially disconnected," Honda said. "As a result, a driver may move the gear shift lever but the transmission may not be placed in the selected gear."

Honda said it had received a small number of customer complaints related to the gear selector mechanism, but no incidents or injuries were reported.

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FEBRUARY 2010 -- Honda is recalling certain model year 2001-2002 Honda Accord and Civic, model year 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, model year 2002-2003 3.2TL and one vehicle for model year 2003 Honda Pilot, Civic and Acura 3.2CL passenger vehicles. The driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure. If an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material possibly causing injury or fatality to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. The safety recall began on February 26, 2010. Owners may contact . 10V-041


NEWS:    Honda recalls 440,000 cars for airbag risk

DETROIT (Reuters) - July 31, 2009 - Honda Motor Co said on Friday that it is recalling another 440,000 vehicles -- including some of its best-selling Accord and Civic models -- for a potentially lethal airbag defect.

Honda said that the airbag inflators in some of its top-selling sedans can rupture because of too much air pressure causing metal fragments to shoot through the airbag and strike vehicle occupants.

One fatality and a number of injuries have been linked to the defect, Honda spokesman Sage Marie said.

The recall covers certain 2001 and 2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and some 2002 and 2003 model Acura TL sedans. The driver's side airbag is the defective component on the affected vehicles

Honda said owners of those models can check to see if their vehicle is covered by the recall by checking the automaker's website at www.owners.honda.com/recalls.

The Japanese automaker said it was encouraging owners to wait until they received a recall notice to go to a dealership and have the inflator for the steering-wheel airbag replaced.

Honda had originally announced that it would recall some 2001 Accord and Civic sedans for the defect last November.

The notice issued on Friday added another 440,000 vehicles to the recall.

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JULY 2009 -- Honda is recalling 440,000 Model Year 2001 and 2002 Civic, Accord, and Acura vehicles. The driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure. If an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material possibly causing injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. Dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2009. Honda's recall campaign Nos. Q96 (Accord and Civic) and R13 (Acura). 09V-259

NOVEMBER 2008 -- Honda is recalling 3,940 MY 2001 Accord and Civic vehicles. The driver's air bag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure. If an affected air bag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material possibly causing injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the air bag inflator free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before December 22, 2008.   08V593

OCTOBER 2008 -- Honda is recalling 128 MY 2008-2009 Civic sedans. A bracket that covers the fuel hose connector is secured with a bolt and nut, but during assembly, the nut was not installed. In the event of a crash, the bracket may become loose which could result in damage to the fuel hose connector. A damaged connector could lead to a fuel leak and increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install a nut on the fuel feed hose bracket. The recall is expected to begin during November 2008. . 08V535

AUGUST 2007 -- Honda is recalling 182,756 MY 2006-2007 Civic sedan and coupe model vehicles. The wheel speed sensor housing uses an O-ring seal to prevent leakage to or from the wheel bearing. If assembled improperly, the O-ring may not seal properly allowing water to enter the wheel bearing and eventually cause damage to the bearing, especially in areas where use of road salt is prevalent. If the driver continues to drive with this condition, it is possible for the wheel bearing to become loose, which could cause the bearing to fail. This could cause a wheel to fall off of the vehicle, possibly resulting in a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear ABS sensors and wheel bearings for damaged parts and replace them. The recall began on September 25, 2007. 07V399

AUGUST 2007 -- Honda is recalling 19,904 MY 2006 Civic sedan and hybrid vehicles. During assembly, the telescopic steering column mechanism may have been over-lubricated with silicone grease. Over time, some of this extra grease may drip on the brake light switch causing the switch to fail. Failure may result in a loss of brake lights and an increased risk that the vehicle could be struck in the rear. In addition, a failed brake light switch could prevent shifting the transmission from the park position (vehicles with an automatic transmission). Dealers will replace the brake light switch and install a protective cover over the switch. The recall is expected to begin during October 2007. 07V402


NEWS:   Honda Recalls 182,756 Civics Over Wheel-Bearing Leak

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co. is recalling 182,756 Civics, the automaker's second-best selling U.S. model, to fix a wheel-bearing seal that may leak and cause the wheel to fall off.

The recall, covering 2006 and 2007 model-year Civic sedans and coupes, was reported on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site. The affected models were made from March 24, 2005, through Feb. 8, 2007, Honda said.

Water may be able to seep past an O-ring seal on the wheel bearing, damaging the bearing, Tokyo-based Honda said in a letter on the NHTSA Web site. ``This could cause a wheel to fall off of the vehicle, possibly resulting in a crash,'' Honda said.

Honda, No. 5 in U.S. sales this year, said it will notify owners by mail starting Sept. 17 and replace any damaged parts for free. No injuries or accidents have been reported, said Honda spokesman David Iida, who is based in Detroit.

The automaker also is recalling 19,904 2006 model-year Civic sedans and hybrids to repair a brake-light switch that may fail, according to a letter on the NHTSA site. Honda said it will notify owners beginning Sept. 27.

Grease can build up on the steering column and allow oil to drip onto the switch, preventing the brake lights from illuminating and ``potentially resulting in a crash,'' Honda said. The extra grease may also prevent drivers from shifting gears out of the ``Park'' position, Honda said.

The two recalls don't overlap because the models affected were built in different places, said Iida, who declined to say what the recalls would cost. No accidents or injuries have been linked to the brake-light switch, Iida said.


NEWS:    Honda recalls 45,000 Civic Hybrids

TOKYO (AP) -- February 9, 2007 -- — Honda Motor Co. plans to recall 45,335 Civic Hybrid sedans worldwide to repair an electrical defect that could stop the cars’ engines, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

Japan’s No. 2 automaker plans to recall 7,219 of the vehicles sold domestically and another 38,116 sold overseas, mostly in the U.S., a Honda spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity, citing company policy.

Honda learned about the defective voltage converters — which could cause a short circuit that would stop the engine and prevent it from restarting — from overseas reports, the company said in documents filed Thursday with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.