Stop Sale Issued on 2016 Honda Civic 2.0L, Recall to Follow


Honda America has issued a stop-sale order affecting the 2016 Civic equipped with the base 2.0-liter engine. A recall will follow shortly.

The issue is said to be with the piston pin snap rings, though Honda has not released details on the exact problem yet. Dealers have to inspect unsold vehicles before they are sold, while the affected vehicles that are already in customers’ hands will be recalled and inspected.

“This approach to withhold further sales until those vehicles can be inspected was taken with a focus on our customers,” said Honda spokesman Chris Martin.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Honda Civic LX Review

The issue does not affect vehicles equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Honda has sent preliminary information to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and intends to sent a formal notification to NHTSA on Friday, February 5. Once NHTSA acknowledges the notification, Honda will release full details on the issue.

  • smartacus

    OMFG, Piston Pin Snap Rings?

    i know there are plenty of other vehicles that get stop-sale orders all the time, but i thought the reason why people buy Hondas is to preclude the hassle of recalls in exchange for accepting a boringly reliable point A to point B commuter car.

  • Mike

    ALL manufacturers have recalls. I know you know loathe Honda and Toyota. Just ugly jealousy. Go drive some Government Motors garbage and let people drive what they want. You’re a negative nelly.

  • smartacus

    That’s it? That’s your brilliantly inspired opus?

    Honda’s Piston Pin Snap Ring recall is acceptable and understandable because everybody else has recalls and because you take umbrage at anything countering your personal fanboi narratives of Honda and Toyota quality .

  • Mike

    People don’t like you. You’re a miserable person. I’d hate to be in your shoes.

  • smartacus

    i have no choice but to upvote you :)

  • Cody Beisel

    It’s not acceptable however they took care of the problem within a month of the cars release. Look at how long it took toyota and gm to release a fix to problems that were killing motorists. Look at ford every week it seems they have a new recall out for them here on auto guide. I’d still bet after the recall the honda will hold up longer and stronger then any other brand on the road. That comes from not just mine but my performance shops experience with these cars.

  • smartacus

    i AGREE with you Toyota and GM problems end up killing and maiming instead of timely recalls.
    I even knew two separate people who have been crippled and destroyed forever by GM vehicles.

    One of them was literally bullied by GM’s powerful lawyers into accepting a settlement or face drawn out court battle and every appeal allowed by law.

    It was either accept the settlement or watching his family going totally bankrupt

  • Cody Beisel

    Before owning a honda I ran a gm and one that was affected by the ignition switch and I know where your friends coming from. That car had so many recalls and small problems with it and because of the recall the value dipped 3000 in a month so resale was gone. Fun car that nickel and dimed me. I was disappointed by the news from honda but also know this wasn’t an engineering flaw just a manufacturing flaw and almost any new engine from design points have recalls similar to this, since the design time, parts and assembly usually have to be recalibrated. This is something most manufacturers have happen. Honda had this issue 2003-2005 with the Acura TL it took them 2 years to figure out a weak synchro. Now outside of that honda has been pretty good at avoiding these mishaps. Looking at most manufacturers that still seems like better odds then the track record on most other vehicles. Though myself iv always avoided buying first year models and for that reason.

  • smartacus

    i do feel for you that you had to go through the GM experience.
    The Honda Civic stop-sale and recall is happening for an actual reason right now. They were experiencing damaged pistons, pins, and rings.

  • Cody Beisel

    If you want reliability and performance go to mitsubishi and buy a remaining evo x. If you want a car to go to work in and will outlive your children buy a honda.

  • smartacus

    if you’re currently looking for a car to go to work in and will outlive your children…find something else because there is a stop-sale on the Civic 2.0.

    If you do have a Civic 2.0 and want it to maaaybe outlive your children, take it back to the dealer for (gulp) … piston pin snap rings.

  • smartacus

    Stop-Sale on The North American Car Of The Year??

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