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November 11, 2005

USA: Honda recalls 2006 Civic sedans

Honda has recalled about 25,000 US-made Civic sedans because the accelerator pedal was improperly installed on some of the redesigned 2006 models, which could cause a crash.

Honda has recalled about 25,000 US-made Civic sedans because the accelerator pedal was improperly installed on some of the redesigned 2006 models, which could cause a crash.

If the pedal is improperly installed, it could come loose, cause the throttle to stick and raise the potential for a crash. Honda spokesman Sage Marie told The Associated Press (AP) there have been no crashes or injuries linked to the issue in the popular-selling vehicle.

The “vast majority” of the 25,298 vehicles under recall in the United States have not yet been sold, Marie told AP. A dealer inspecting the vehicles discovered the problem in late September and reported it to the car maker, leading to an internal investigation, he said.

Honda completely redesigned the sedan for the 2006 model year and sold 23,911 Civics in October, up 14% from last October, AP said, citing Autodata.

Honda did not immediately have a breakdown of how many 2006 models have been sold so far, the report said.

The redesign includes a new floor-mounted assembly that involves the accelerator – the sedans under recall were manufactured from early June to early October, and measures have been put in place on the assembly line to fix the problem, Marie told The Associated Press .

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