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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.
 

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Someone's Civic caught on fire and Honda is sending out recall notices one month later? What if someone else's Civic combusts?
 

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They've had one fire and one alleged injury in 42k cars. They have a stop sale on those that are still near zero miles. They, apparently, have assessed the risk to be extremely low for cars that have more than a very few miles to have this problem and not have exhibited symptoms. If they thought the risk was high enough they'd tell people to stop driving them and put them in rentals. This has happened in other recalls.
 

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Honda Replaces Executive VP and Two US Managers. Automobile News, and others.
They did not maintain quality, fast action on some.
 

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Glad to hear they are taking care of it but not something I like to hear about the car I'm interested in. As long as it gets taken care of and does not persist at all. Thanks for posting up this important info though.
 

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Someone's Civic caught on fire and Honda is sending out recall notices one month later? What if someone else's Civic combusts?
That's actually pretty good, most Mfg do not do voluntary recall until the cost to fix the cars exceeds the lawsuits they'll get from injury. Ford does it that way
 

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That's actually pretty good, most Mfg do not do voluntary recall until the cost to fix the cars exceeds the lawsuits they'll get from injury. Ford does it that way
Thanks for the comparison. Guess I won't be going to Ford for anything if that's how they operate. At least Honda does it voluntarily.
 
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