Brakes, steering and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The Honda Civic is a car that has been loved by Americans for decades. That might be why the automaker claims the 2019 Honda Civic is an “iconic sedan.” It’s easy to agree that it is an icon, but not for the reasons that Honda thinks. It’s clear to see that this vehicle is going to go down in history as a faulty car thanks to its malfunctioning service brakes, defective engine and broken steering system.
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Problems with the Brakes
The service brakes on any vehicle are one of the most essential safety systems. These brakes must work properly in order to stop the car. When they malfunction, a crash is inevitably imminent. That’s exactly what Honda Civic owners are dealing with.
One NHTSA user documented their experience by saying, “On two occasions, my car’s automatic braking system has engaged when nothing was in front of me. The first time, I was on the highway, and merging from an on ramp. The car suddenly dead stopped, brakes fully engaged. There was a car next to me, but nothing in front of me to cause the braking system. Luckily, no one was behind me. The second occurrence I was traveling about 30 mph on a local road. There was nothing anywhere around me. I approached a green light, and as I was going through the intersection, the car’s braking system fully engaged. It screeched the car to a halt. I was at a dead stop, in the middle of an intersection.”
What we see here isn’t exactly a problem with the service brakes, but more about the new driver-assist technology that’s designed to keep drivers safe. Instead, it put this owner into more danger. Instead of using the Service Bulletins to discuss this malfunction, the automaker simply talks about wheel changes to some of the models. It won’t much matter what wheels the car has if it doesn’t stop properly. The vehicle and its wheels will be sitting at the junkyard.
Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Honda Civic Brake Problems:
TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2019 HONDA CIVIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE EMERGENCY BRAKE BUTTON FAILED TO OPERATE. WHEN THE BUTTON WAS PRESSED, THE BRAKES DID NOT HOLD. ON ONE OCCASION, THE CONTACT PRESSED THE EMERGENCY BRAKE BUTTON AND THE VEHICLE ROLLED BACKWARDS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 6,627.
MONDAY 6.10.19 MY DAUGHTER MADE A LEFT HAND TURN FROM WARD ROAD TO 44TH AVE. AN F150 CAME TO A STOP AND SHE APPLIED BRAKES ACCORDINGLY. SHE GOT ERRORS COLLISION MITIGATION AND SHE LOST THE ABILITY TO BRAKE. SHE READ ENDED THE F150. IN HER WORDS IT WAS LIKE SLIDING ON ICE. CRASH WAS UNDER 20 MPH AND HER PHONE PICKED UP SOFTWARE ERRORS. CAR IS WITH USAA AS OF 6/13/19 WHEAT RIDGE PD WAS ON SCENE BUT NO TICKETS ISSUES DUE TO CAR FAILURE.
2019 Honda Civic Complaint Summary
|Complaint Category||Number of Complaints|
|Unknown Or Other|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking|
Problems with the Steering
It would be impossible to drive without a functioning steering wheel. The steering system contains more than just a wheel. All of these parts must work seamlessly together to provide the on-road performance drivers expect.
One NHTSA complaint perfectly documents what many Honda owners are currently experiencing. “The steering wheel reel assembly makes a click sound which is an indication of inadequate lubrication. The assembly itself cannot be relubricated as the entire assembly is sealed. Honda would need to replace the entire part that incorporates the assembly. However, technicians are stating that this is unneeded and normal part of the car. This is in actuality, untrue and can be ultimately dangerous for the driver.”
A quick look at the Service Bulletins from the company leads to the result everyone expected; there’s nothing to see. The company has chosen, once again, to ignore numerous complaints. It’s unclear whether they think that the customers are simply going to go away and quit if they don’t get a response. Unfortunately for them, that’s exactly what’s happening. Loyal Honda owners are choosing a different brand and jumping ship before the defective brakes, engine or steering causing an accident.
Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Honda Civic Steering Problems:
ON THE DRIVER SIDE, IT HAS SOME WEIRD NOISE OR SOUND. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE METAL RUBBING WITH THE CAR. SEARCHED THE PROBLEM ONLINE BEFORE AND FOUND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVING THE SAME ISSUE. SOMETIME EVEN GOING STRAIGHT STILL ABLE TO HEAR IT.
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Problems with the Engine
When an engine runs the way it should, the car is considered reliable and fun to drive. Many Honda owners stay with the brand because of past dependability. The 2019 Honda Civic leaves a lot to be desired. It seems to come with a malfunctioning engine.
Just read this terrifying NHTSA review. “Terrible smell inside the car and outside when parked in garage after short drive. Oil dilution. Strong gasoline vapors. Gasoline mixing with oil in engine.”
The only time a driver should smell gasoline is when they stand at the pumps. Other than that, the fuel should never come in contact with the oil in the engine. While the company has remained quiet about this issue as well, they are looking into an oil leak. Through Manufacturer Communication #APaS04022019904, they have asked dealers for more information on 2.0L engines with an oil leak from the valve cover gasket. For them to go this far indicates that this leaking is a prevalent issue. Otherwise, the automaker would have done what they do best – ignore the problem.
Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Honda Civic Engine Problems:
BRAND NEW 2019 CIVIC WITH A LEAKING CONDENSER. CAR HAS 4862MILES, WITH ALL THE EXTENDED WARRANTIES. HONDA REFUSED COVERAGE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE NOT DONE ALL THEY CAN TO PROTECT SUCH A FRAGILE COMPONENT. WAS TOLD A “SMALL PEBBLE” HIT THE CONDENSER CAUSING A LEAK. HONDA IS STRAIGHT UP RUNNING A SCAM ON IT’S CUSTOMERS. AT $1,000.00 A POP PER REPAIR, MY LOCAL DEALERSHIP ADMITTED TO SEEING AT LEAST 5 OF THIS TYPE OR REPAIR COMING THROUGH EVERY WEEK!! IMAGINE HOW MUCH REFRIGERANT IS LEAKING INTO THE ATMOSPHERE!? 5 A WEEK AT ONE DEALERSHIP….WOW.
TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2019 HONDA CIVIC. WHILE DRIVING AT AN UNKNOWN SPEED, THE VEHICLE SPUTTERED AND THE CHECK ENGINE AND EMISSIONS WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT SHE STARTED TO EXPERIENCE MILD HEADACHES. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO FREEMAN HONDA TO BE DIAGNOSED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED BY THE MECHANIC THAT THE VEHICLE WAS SAFE TO DRIVE. A PART PERTAINING TO THE EMISSIONS WAS ORDERED. THE CONTACT WAS CONCERNED FOR HER SAFETY. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 521.
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