Honda has issued a recall for the 2011 Civic due to concerns that the rollover valve in the fuel pump module may have been damaged during production.
If such damage is present, then fuel could leak from the fuel tank to the evaporative emissions canister during a rollover. Luckily, no such incidents have been recorded so far.
18,056 Civics in the United States are affected, with owner notifications set to be sent out in mid-April. Owners should take the car to their local dealership as soon as they receive such a notification.
Statement by American Honda Regarding Fuel Pump Module Recall: 2011 Civic03/16/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif.
Honda will voluntarily recall 18,056 model-year 2011 Civic vehicles in the U.S. to inspect and possibly replace the fuel pump module inside the gasoline tank. Observation during assembly revealed that the roll-over valve inside certain fuel pump modules may have been damaged during production. If a vehicle is involved in a rollover crash, a cracked roll-over valve may allow fuel leakage from the gasoline tank into the evaporative emissions canister. No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this defect.
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Notification to customers will begin in mid-April 2011.
When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, in mid-April, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.