Honda Civic Recall
Automotive manufacturer Honda issued a Honda Civic recall in March of 2011. The recall applied to the 2011 Honda Civic model and affected more than 18,000 vehicles in the United States alone. Since the 2011 Honda Civic recall only involved cars that were manufactured in the U.S. and Canada, the car maker was able to avoid a global recall. Honda encouraged Civic owners to visit the Honda official recall website to check if their vehicles were affected.
The 2011 Civic recall was issued after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the fuel valve in some Civics could crack and possibly leak in the event of a rollover crash. In a statement to the press, Honda warned that fuel from the gas tank could "leak into the evaporative emissions container," increasing the probability of a fire. During April 2011, Honda dealers sent written notices to car owners whose vehicles were included in the recall. These drivers were eligible for a free fuel valve check and replacement, if necessary.
Honda has issued automotive recalls before, most notably in recent years. In 2008 and 2009, the company recalled more than 400,000 vehicles due to problems with installed airbags. Faulty ignition systems led to yet another widespread Honda recall in 2010. The 2010 Honda recall affected more than 350,000 vehicles, including the Civic, the Accord, and the Element from the model years 2003 and 2004. A similar issue was detected in other Honda vehicles from 2003 and 2004, resulting in an earlier recall of some Honda Odysseys and Preludes, as well as some Acura models.