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Honda recalls Civic sedan for possible drive shaft problem

June 12, 2012|By Jerry Hirsch
  • Honda will recall its Civic sedan because of a possible drive shaft assembly problem.
Honda will recall its Civic sedan because of a possible drive shaft assembly… (Honda Motor Co. )

Honda Motor Co. said it will recall approximately 50,000 model-year 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft.

The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated.

If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might 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 a crash or personal injury, according to Honda.

No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.

Although it has received mixed reviews from the automotive press and was panned by Consumer Reports, the Civic remains one of the bestselling cars in America. It ranked second in May, when Honda sold 33,490 Civics. Toyota’s Camry was the top-selling passenger car last month at 39,571 units.

Honda has said it plans upgrades for the 2013 Civic that address some of the comments of critics, who observed that previous generation Civics had what the reviewers opined were better appointed interiors. 

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