Yesterday there were news about the Prius recall related to Electronic Parking Brake and today Honda North America has recalled the 10th Generation Civic for Electronic Parking Brake failure. According to official statement by Honda, the vehicle stability control unit “may prevent application of the EPB [Electronic Parking Brake], when it is applied immediately, after turning the vehicle ignition off. Without the EPB properly engaged and the vehicle in Park, the Civic could roll away, causing injury”. According to Honda no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue as of now.
The issue came into limelight, when number of Civic owners visited the dealership for warranty claims related to Parking Brake illumination in the cluster. The light turns on, but in actual, the parking brake does not get engaged. In some cases, the light turned on for 15 seconds and then turned off. The problem is related to the software for the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit, which is preventing the EPB to be applied once the ignition is turned off. The issue is affecting almost 350,000 locally delivered Civic sedan and Civic 2 door coupes in the United States, which means, since the start of Civic X production, all cars are now in recall. The issue will be resolved by software updates to the ECU. Honda North America will be contacting all Civic owners via recall notices and will offer immediate rectification free of cost at all Honda Authorized dealerships.
No such report or complaint has yet surfaced from the Asian market. It is recommended that all Civic owners must keep an eye on their cars and make sure they double check the Electronic Parking Brake being engaged after the ignition is tuned off. If they feel or see any abnormality, they should immediately contact the local Honda dealership.