A potentially faulty drive shaft is triggering a recall of some 2012 Honda Civic coupes and sedans. The automaker is voluntarily asking owners to return their vehicles to the dealer for a free fix.
More than 50,000 Civics
According to a bulletin published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its website, more than 50,000 cars are potentially affected by the recall. However, the Japan-based automaker estimates that only about 8.4 percent of those cars are likely affected by the problem.
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Drive shaft improperly seated
The problem, according to the bulletin, is that the driver’s side drive shaft may not be seated properly, and may be missing the retaining clip clips that holds it in place. Consequently, the drive shaft could potentially separate from a joint connecting it to the vehicle.
If the drive shaft should separate, the engine will not be able to transfer its energy to the wheels in any gear. This could cause the vehicle to roll away, unless the parking brake has been set. That could lead to crashes and possible injuries to people or property.
Honda says that, at this time, it is not aware of any injuries, damage or crashes as a result of the drive shaft problem.
Recall begins late June
The automaker will begin contacting the potentially affected owners by mail on or around June 21, 2012. Service personnel at local Honda dealerships will inspect the drive shaft and replace it, if necessary, at no cost to the owner.
Civic owners who think they may be affected, or those with questions, can contact the automaker at 1-800-999-1009. The recall campaign number is S40, for reference. In a couple weeks, owners can check at www.recalls.honda.com and check their vehicle against listed Vehicle Identification Numbers. Or, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can be reached at 1-888-327-4236, or at http://www.safercar.gov. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reference number for the campaign is 12V256000.
Second best selling car
The 2012 Civic was trashed in a review by Consumer Reports. However, it remains one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. The automaker sold 33,490 Civics domestically in May, making it the second best selling in the nation at that time. Rival Japanese automaker Toyota took the top spot in May with its Camry, selling nearly 40,000 units.