Honda recently announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 50,190 of its 2012 Civic compact cars due to concerns about potentially faulty driveshafts. Honda estimates that the recall affects up to 8.4 percent of 2012 Civics.
The potential defect is a result of problems that occurred during the assembly process of certain 2012 Civics when the process of seating the driver’s side driveshaft and setting the retaining clip was not completed. As a result of the incomplete assembly process, the driveshaft can separate. If driveshaft separation occurs, the engine will no longer be able to propel the vehicle in any gear. Additionally, the vehicle could roll away if the parking gear has not been set when the gear selector is in the “park” position, which can increase the risk of vehicle crashes and injuries though Honda has not received any reports of crashes or injuries to date.
Honda has said that it will notify owners of affected 2012 Honda Civic coupes and sedans of the recall and instruct them to take their vehicles to an authorized Honda dealer to have the driver’s side driveshaft inspected and replaced, if necessary, at no charge. The Honda safety recall campaign began on or about June 21, 2012.
Owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may also contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or go to this page and reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V256000.
Auto defects can cause serious damage, personal injury and even death. For instance, motor vehicle defects can result in the following:
- Automobile rollovers/stability defects
- Inability to stop
- Unintended acceleration
- Tire blowouts, which can result in a loss of control and failure to stop
- Roof collapse when a defect causes the roof to collapse during a rollover
- Seat back collapse, which frequently occur in a rear-end collision when the seat back may collapse to the rear and the front seat passenger may be ejected into the backseat
- Glass breakage, caused by failure to include shatter-resistant window glazing
- Airbag failure
- Seatbelt failure when latch failure or the seatbelt fails to adequate restrain the passenger
- Door latch failure when a defect causes the doors to open during a rollover or other accident
- Gasoline fire
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may also wish to consult with an attorney. The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehicles. Contact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneys at (312) 600-0000 if you would like more information on recalled vehicles.