The Japanese company will update the software of nearly 350,000 Coupes and Sedans.
Honda has announced a massive recall for the 2016 Civic Sedan and Coupe models in the United States. The Japanese company will update the software affecting the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) functionality, free of charge.
But why, you might ask. Honda says "the software for the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit may prevent application of the EPB when it is applied immediately after turning the vehicle ignition off." If the EPB cannot be applied, the “Brake” warning indicator in the instrument panel will blink for 15 seconds to alert the driver, the manufacturer explains.
The issue was discovered through warranty claims associated with the illumination of the brake warning light and Honda says no crashes or injuries have been reported so far.
The automaker will start to inform owners of affected vehicles in early November 2016 through an email. The brand will encourage each owner to take his vehicle to an authorized dealer for repair as soon as he receives notification of the recall. A total of approximately 350,000 vehicles will be recalled.
Last month Honda announced it will add additional numbers Fit, Civic, and Accord models from the 2009 through 2011 model years to its recall of Takata-supplied airbag inflators, which now covers nearly 668,000 vehicles from the Japanese company.
The next big thing for the U.S. Civic is the premiere of the Civic Si, which was confirmed for the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. We expect the model to be positioned above the standard Civic variants, but below the range-topping Type R, which was previewed by a prototype at the Paris Motor Show earlier this month.
The Civic Si is expected to receive an updated version of the Civic’s 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine. In the refreshed 2017 CR-V it delivers 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and it’s safe to assume the power will be increased to around 220 hp (164 kW) for the potent sporty version of the Civic.
Note: 2016 Honda Civic Sedan pictured.