• Recall addresses improperly seated driver's-side driveshaft
  • Separation of driveshaft could cause a loss of power or result in a parked car rolling away
  • Recall effort to begin on or around June 21

Honda has initiated a voluntary recall to address improper assembly of the driver's-side driveshaft on as many as 50,190 Civics. In a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency handling vehicle safety recalls, Honda says proper assembly of the driveshaft in some 2012 Civics was not completed because an assembly machine error was inconsistently remedied.

Driveshaft separation could cause a loss of power during driving. If a driveshaft separates on a parked car and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away, potentially causing injury or a crash.

The first claim of driveshaft separation on the new Civic was reported by a Honda dealer early this year. Since, the company has received 23 additional claims for the same issue but no reports of any related injuries or deaths.

Honda says that, to ensure proper assembly, the driveshaft must be seated and a retaining clip set. A machine error resulted in improperly seated driveshafts. Machine operators attempted to correct the issue, but the solution was not consistently effective.

While recall campaigns sometimes take more than a month from announcement to start, Honda is acting quickly to remedy this issue. Notification of customers is expected to begin around June 21. Honda dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the driver's-side driveshaft at no charge.

This is the second recall for the 2012 Honda Civic. The first, which began last month, addressed a misaligned O-ring in the fuel system on a small number of vehicles.

For more information, owners may call Honda Customer Service at 800-999-1009 and reference campaign S40. Alternately, check campaign ID 12V256000 on the NHTSA website safercar.gov, which lists all automotive recalls, or call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

What it means to you: Honda will begin notifying owners of the campaign to remedy a potentially faulty driveshaft connection soon. In the meantime, always use your parking brake.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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