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Honda recalls Civic sedans because engines can fail while driving

The recall affects 45,000 2016 Honda Civics equipped with two-litre four-cylinder engines.



Honda celebrated the first mass production of the 2016 Civic at its Alliston, Ont. facility on Oct. 20, 2015. PHOTO: Honda. PHOTO: Honda

Honda celebrated the first mass production of the 2016 Civic at its Alliston, Ont. facility on Oct. 20, 2015. PHOTO: Honda

DETROIT—Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the Canada and the United States because the engines can fail and stall while being driven.

The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with two-litre four-cylinder engines.

Documents filed by Canadian safety regulators say that a circular clip around the pistons may be missing or was improperly installed at the factory. That can cause a pin on the piston to rub against the engine block and possibly cause engine failure or a fire.

It was unclear if there have been crashes, fires or injuries as a result of the defect.

Dealers will inspect the piston clips and fix them if necessary. In the U.S., dealers can’t sell the affected cars until they are repaired.

The recall covers about 34,000 Civics in the U.S. and almost 10,700 in Canada.

Honda produces the Civic sedan at assembly plants in Alliston, Ont., and Greensburg, Ind.

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