Honda recalls 2016 Civic 2.0-liter engine for piston issue

RECALL Subject : Piston Wrist Pin Circlips may not be Secured

Report Receipt Date: FEB 09, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V074000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42,129
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Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2016 Civic vehicles manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016 and equipped with 2.0L engines. The affected vehicles have engines with piston assemblies that may have been manufactured without a piston wrist pin circlip or with an incorrectly installed piston wrist pin circlip.

If a circlip is missing or incorrectly installed, the piston wrist pin may not be secure and may drift and damage the engine cylinder causing the engine to seize, and increasing the risk of a crash or a fire.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the piston assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. Parts are expected to be available in the Summer of 2016. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 15, 2016, and will be mailed a second notice when parts are available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s number for this recall is JX9.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Statement by American Honda Regarding 2.0 Liter Engine Piston Pin Circlip Recall: 2016 Civic Sedan

Feb 23, 2016 – TORRANCE, Calif.

• Approximately 42,000 Civic Sedans equipped with the 2.0-liter engine affected in the United States;

• No turbo engine models are affected by this action

• Engine will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired, free of charge

American Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 42,000 Civic Sedans from the 2016 model year equipped with the 2.0 liter engine to inspect the engine pistons and, if necessary, repair any damaged components, free of charge. Honda has received one report of an engine fire related to this issue and one separate unconfirmed report of a minor injury that did not require medical attention.

During assembly of certain 2.0 liter engines, piston assembly manufacturing errors could have resulted in a missing or mis-set piston pin circlip. Engine vibration can cause such an unsecured piston pin to move out of place and interfere with the engine cylinder wall, potentially resulting in a seized engine. A seized engine will cause unexpected deceleration and loss of motive power, increasing the risk of crash. Engine block damage could also occur and allow for engine oil leakage, increasing the risk of fire in the presence of an ignition source.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-March 2016. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can determine if their vehicles will require inspection by going to or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Honda: 2/3rds of our vehicles will be plug-in or hydrogen by 2030

Honda has a new and expanded vision for its plug-in electric vehicles, including more plug-in lawn mowers and construction machines. While things like the Miimo are cool, we’ll admit that we’re more into the heavy emphasis that Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo just put on pure electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. In fact, Hachigo is so confident in these electric options that he said that Honda expects fully two-thirds of its vehicles will fit into one of those three categories by 2030.

“We will make a plug-in hybrid type available for our major models” – Takahiro Hachigo

Speaking at an annual speech in Japan, Hachigo talked about an electric version of the popular Honda Cub motorcycle, the EV-CUB. This electric two-wheeler could come to Japan in about two year and then to various countries in Southeast Asia. As for four-wheelers, the way that Hachigo sees electrification working is to first emphasize plug-in hybrids as the core of the brand’s electrification efforts. Specifically, he said that, “we will make a plug-in hybrid type available for our major models and increase the number of models sequentially.” The end result, he said, is that, “we will strive to make two-thirds of our overall unit sales from plug-in hybrid/hybrid vehicles and zero-emissions vehicles such as, FCVs and battery EVs by around 2030.” The company’s next hydrogen vehicle is the Clarity, which goes on sale in Japan in March. It’s next-gen EV and PHEV should arrive in or around 2018.

You can watch the speech in the video above. The electrification roadmap starts at around minute 32.

The only other traditional automaker that is willing to put a big number on its upcoming electric vehicle
sales is Audi, which said at the LA Auto Show last year that between 20 and 25 percent of its new vehicles sold will have a plug by 2025. If Audi wants to catch Honda’s aggressive claims, it’ll need to work hard in the five years after 2025.

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Next-gen Honda Accord PHEV may have 39-mile EV range [UPDATE]

UPDATE: Disregard what The Asahi Shimbun said on this. The paper apparently conflated the upcoming Clarity-based PHEV and the non-plug Accord Hybrid. We got an email from Honda clarifying the situation:

The refreshed Accord Hybrid, slated to launch in the middle of this year, will not have a plug-in variant. Honda will bring a new, dedicated plug-in hybrid to market by 2018 that leverages the same platform that underpins the upcoming Clarity Fuel Cell. This new PHEV will feature more than triple the 13-mile electric range of the last generation Accord Plug-in Hybrid.

We apologize for the error.

Honda’s next-generation Accord Plug-in Hybrid could triple the previous model’s electric driving range when the new one debuts in the US in 2018. To achieve such a significant improvement, the company would equip the PHEV with a higher capacity battery of the same physical size and more efficient electric motors, according to the The Asahi Shimbun.

The next Accord PHEV could drive the equivalent of 68 miles in EV mode, the newspaper claims. However, we believe this figure comes from the Japanese test on electric models, which produces higher figures than the US evaluation. Tripling the 2014 Accord Plug-in’s EPA-estimated 13-mile range suggests a number closer to 39 miles when the new generation reaches this country.

A figure around 39 miles would still make the 2018 Accord a contender among the current PHEV sedans. For example, the EPA rates the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in at a 27-mile range and estimates the Ford Fusion Energi at 20 miles. The latest Chevrolet Volt, which would likely be smaller than the Honda, wins out with 53 miles of driving distance, though.

Honda plans a new pure EV and PHEV in its US lineup by 2018, and the plug-in shares a chassis with the upcoming FCEV fuel cell sedan. The next-gen Accord would give the company another flavor of PHEV to offer customers, too. American Honda Motor Executive Vice President John Mendel told Autoblog last year the company would update the standard Accord Hybrid in 2016 and introduce the next PHEV variant here in 2018.

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