Remember the recall and stop sale notice sent out to dealerships earlier this month? Where Honda has to recall around 42,000 Civics equipped with the base 2.0-liter engine and cars still on the lot could no longer be sold until the problem has been solved.
Well those missing or poorly installed piston pin circlips may do more than just stall your engine or cause it to fail. Honda says that they have received one report of an engine fire and another of an injury caused by these missing or misset pin circlips.
That’s right, the 2.0-liter engine can cause your engine to catch on fire. When your car vibrates, that vibration can cause a misset pin to drift and damage the engine cylinder which could cause the engine to seize and the car to lose power thus increasing the risk of a crash. In this case, the drifting pin could have damaged the engine block causing an oil leakage thus increasing the chances of the engine catching fire.
Honda dealers will inspect and replace the piston assemblies if needed and they plan to start mailing out recall notices late March of this year. It is suggested that you take your affected vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as you receive the recall notification.