Vehicle recalls are nothing new. A manufacturer might find that a certain part on a specific model wears out faster than expected and decides to replace it for everyone. Sometimes, the problem can be something more urgent and dangerous, like the exploding tire recalls of the 1990s.
Earlier this year we told you about the largest vehicle recall in U.S. history due to faulty air bags. Now, another defect has been discovered affecting hundreds of thousands of vehicles.
Honda is recalling more than 350,000 2016 Civics over a brake issue. There is a problem with software in the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit (VSA ECU).
It's possible that when the engine is off, the electric parking brake might not engage. That means the car could roll away and crash into something. The recall covers both the Civic Coupe and Sedan as well as both the 1.5-liter turbo and 2-liter engines.
Honda says the problem was discovered after warranty claims were made involving the brake warning light. The problem seems to only occur when the parking brake is applied after the engine is turned off. If it's applied while the car is still running, the defect won't show up.
Honda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the problem can be fixed by updating the software. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect.
What You Need To Do
If you own a 2016 Honda Civic you will be notified of the recall by the company. Take it to a Honda dealership and they will program the VSA ECU with updated software that prevents this condition from occurring, free of charge.
You can call Honda's customer service with any questions. Honda's number for this recall is KC6.