TOYOTA (Feb. 22, 2016) — Honda Motor Co. is preparing a recall for the 2016 Civic compact in the U.S. and has ordered dealers to stop selling some versions of the car, months after beginning sales of the crucial new model.
The auto maker issued a stop-sale notice to car dealers in late January, spokesman Chris Martin said in an email, declining to give specific details including the number of vehicles before the official recall statement. Blogs including Jalopnik and Autoblog earlier this month cited a dealer service bulletin posted on the enthusiast site CivicX.com that said about 34,000 Civics were involved and the fault was with missing or mis-set piston rings that could cause engines to stall or fail.
The impending recall is another setback to Honda one year after quality issues led Japan's third-largest auto maker to change presidents, naming Takahiro Hachigo to replace Takanobu Ito. Mr. Hachigo has vowed to improve internal communication and downplayed sales targets after recalls related to Takata Corp. airbags and redesigned Fit small cars and Vezel compact SUVs plagued his predecessor.