Honda America is voluntarily recalling around 350,000 U.S. Civic Coupe and Sedans from the 2016 model year due to a parking brake software glitch.
This glitch affects the Civic’s electric parking brake, luckily no one has been injured or crashed their vehicle because of this. The problem was found when Honda was investigating warranty claims associated with the brake warning light turning on.
They found out that the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit software could affect the EPB module if owners use it after turning off the ignition. Simply put, the parking brake may not engage if applied right after turning the vehicle ignition off. If the EPB is applied before the vehicle ignition is turned off, then the problem will not occur.
You’ll know if the EPB can’t be applied because the brake warning indicator will light up and blink at you for 15 seconds. Also, the Civic could roll away if the warning light is ignored and the parking gear is not selected.
The fix is a free software update and Honda will be notifying owners via mail beginning early November 2016.