According to Reuters, the American branch of Honda Motor Co. announced a recall on Friday, May 20, of approximately 1,500 Civic compact vehicles from the current model year in North America. The recall has been launched to prevent vehicle fires caused by fuel leaks. No fires, accidents, or injuries have been reported. The problem was discovered on April 29 when a production worker at a Honda plant noticed a new Civic had a fuel smell. According to the automaker’s records, the fuel line at issue was manufactured by a Honda supplier.
In the U.S., 1,156 Civics are included in the recall. On May 19, the Canadian branch of Honda recalled 377 Civics, bringing the total recalled vehicles close to 1,500. The vehicles were assembled between April 21 and May 2.
Honda estimates that 17 percent of the recalled vehicles in the U.S. contain the defect, but only two consumers were sold the affected vehicles in Canada. Similar figures are not available for the U.S.
Honda will begin to notify vehicle owners to bring their vehicle to a Honda dealership for an inspection, and if needed, replace the fuel feed lines at no-cost to the consumer. Consumers with questions can contact Honda by calling 1-800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
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