Honda has recalled 50,000 new Civics because the driveshafts might come apart. The automaker says the driver’s side shaft, also called a half-shaft, might have been put together wrong and could fail, separating from the constant-velocity joint that connects the shaft to the wheel. If that happens while the cars in motion, it will coast to a stop, because the engines no longer connected to the wheels. If you park the car after a failure, it could roll away if you only put the gear lever in “park.” This increases the risk of a crash or personal injury. You have to set the parking brake to hold the car.
No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue. Vehicles should be taken to an authorized dealer as soon as notification of this recall from Honda is received. Mailed notification to customers began in late June. In addition to contacting customers by mail in late June, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.
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