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Honda Recalls 350,000 Civics!

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On: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 2:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Honda Recalls 350,000 Civics!

At times it seems that we take quite a lot of things for granted. Modern technology has permeated every facet of our existence and has raised the standard of just about everything that runs on electric. We have come to just expect things to do more for us, and also do them better and more quickly. Whether it is a cell phone or a new car, we just expect more, and sometimes, we don’t get it. We don’t get it because, at the root of everything, people are still in charge of creating these machines, and people are flawed creatures, so it should stand to reason that flawed creature, will occasionally create flawed machines. Such is the fate of the 2016 Honda Civic.

Honda has issued a voluntary recall of 350,083 model year 2016 Civics. This recall applies to both two- and four-door models with either the 1.5-liter turbo or 2.0-liter motors. It seems that there is a bit of an problem with the electronic parking brake. The e-brake is supposed to serve as a backup to using only the transmission’s “Park” gear, and help the car stay put in various situations. However, in the case of these Honda Civics, the electronic parking brake, which is supposed to be an advancement over the old yank-lever, does not always engage when it is activated immediately after the car is turned off, which is exactly when most people have been trained to use it.

Obviously, if the parking brake does not engage, it will not be able to work very well. This puts a lot of stress on the transmission, and, in more cases than Honda is willing to accept, tends to allow the car to roll. As one might imagine, having Civics rolling around town without any drivers may be a bit of a problem. It could cause accidents, and possibly even deaths.

Honda has said it will begin to notify owners next month. They will ask owners to bring their cars into dealerships and then update the car’s software to be able to engage the electronic parking brake after the vehicle has been turned off. The recall will be done free of any charge to customers. Owners with questions can reach Honda at 1-888-234-2138.

So although we are flawed creatures, and have evidently created flawed machines, we have also been given enough brains to be able to rectify our mistakes. And as time moves forward, one day we will be able to come ever closer to creating flawless machines, but until then, we may see a few more recalls.


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