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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,446 miles

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2016 Honda Civic lights problems

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2016 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Dec 032016


  • 3,500 miles


I filed just moments ago but entered the wrong photos. These are more clear. The lights were on the entire time. They just don't show.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #22

Dec 032016


  • 3,500 miles
Following my wife after a recall on her car, it began to rain lightly. Knowing we were entering a 75mph turnpike, I phoned her to advise her to turn on her lights. She did. At the stop light before getting on the turnpike, all I could see were 2 tiny led bulb types on both sides. As she began to reach speed, she got 10-15 car lengths ahead of me. We knew the factory spoiler causes a vortex behind her car as we wipe off black powder that builds on the back of her car each day when she comes home from work. I've never driven behind her let alone in the rain. With the vortex creating a boiling spray, and the tiny led bulbs, I could not see her at all. Just a spray. No lights. At our exit close to home, as she took off, I could not see her tail lights even 5 car lengths back. It was day time I forgot to mention but cloudy and as stated, light rain. I could see her brake as the brake lights use a common bulb. Again, with the lights in the on position, the only time I saw her tail light was in the garage. The vehicle has two issues. The spoilers create a spray of water reducing visibility of the backbof her car in the rain or fog to zero. Honda even shows photos with their lights on. Tiny angled led's pointing up and in. And not nearly bright enough to be seen in rain. Heavy rain or dense fog, could be catastrophic. My wife drives I-40 & I-44 to and from work daily. 13 miles. She's had the car just a few months. I am concerned each morning. She currently leaves when it's dark. I'm worried about the spring rains and dawns early light wheather she will be seen. As stated earlier, the spoilers cause the turbulence or vortex behind the car. The lights are too small and lumens not strong enough to be seen. Photos below will show on city streets and in our driveway. The photos I took from my phone the last few blocks home and into the garage. This is bad! she loves this car

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #21

Jul 292016


  • 200 miles
The cover on the third brake light has fallen off. The Honda dealership has tried to fix it four times and now says there is nothing they can do because this is a known issue at Honda and there is no fix. This is a serious safety issue. There is no way to see out the back window in the dark or when condensation is on the window, if the brake is engaged. All you see is a reflection of the brake light. Without the backup camera, the car would not be drivable. This occurs when stationary or in motion.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Jun 152016


  • miles


The cover for the reverse light, rear window, of the 2016 Civic has dropped and after repeated attempts trying to get american Honda to correct, still has not been fixed. The cover can't be removed as the reverse light is too bright and makes it impossible to see out the rear window at night. During the day, the cover obscures objects/cars in the rear view window.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 222016


  • 9 miles
The 3rd brake light that's on the inside of the rear window (I have the coupe) has a cover which keeps the light directed outside of the car and attaches to the window. The glue holding it to the window isn't strong enough, so the cover hangs down, blocking some of the rear window, reducing visibility. Also, at night the light itself washes out the rear window, making it difficult to see out the back at all. This problem is affecting 100% of the 2016 coupes that have ever been out on a warm day (heat melts the glue), and Honda isn't fixing it. They've been stringing us along for 5 months now, promising a fix in "a month" or "a couple weeks", with no resolution. Last I heard, they said on November 7th that it would be released in 8-12 weeks. It feels like their plan is to just keep this up until people super glue the casing to the window themselves or decide badgering Honda about it isn't worth it anymore. Please make them fix their problem.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 302016


  • 268 miles
The third brake light cover (inside top center of rear window) on my 2016 Honda Civic coupe is loose/drooping/falling off on the back passenger side with right-rear of cover separated by about 1/4" gap from inside of rear window. This condition has existed since I purchased the car on September 30, 2016. This allows distracting light leak while driving at night and impairs visibility through the rear window. Based upon information online Honda does not yet have a fix for this even though it has been widely reported occurring on the 2016 Civic coupes since June 2016..

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 032016


  • 350 miles


The housing that surrounds the third brake light is not fully affixed to the rear interior window. The housing just bouces up and down and red light floods the back window when the brake is applied. This situation makes it difficult to see out of the back window at night.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #16

Oct 282016


  • 6,000 miles
Cover for center brake light keeps coming loose, obscuring rear window and flooding interior with red light when brake is applied at night. Known issue, but dealers do not have guidance on how to permanently fix it.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 232016


  • 5,000 miles
The high-mounted brake light cover, mounted on the rear window, has detached itself from the window. This has resulted in a loss of visibility due to the plastic cover blocking important visual information from outside the car. In addition, red light from the brake light illuminates the rear window, making it almost impossible to see outside at night. I report this to the dealer (roberts Honda in downingtown, pa) who said that "all Civic coupes have had this problem, Honda America is aware, but has not provided a fix"

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 102016


  • 500 miles
Third brake light cover, on rear window, keeps falling down allowing a red glare at night when the brakes are applied.

- St Robert, MO, USA

problem #13

Aug 052016


  • miles


The cover on the third brake light at top center of the rear window on the coupe version of this car does not stay adhered to the window. This causes a safety issue I visibility in the rear view mirror. Besides reducing visual sight area. At night the red light upon brake application is both distracting obliterates any other viewing out of the read window. Dealer attempt to fix was unsuccessful. Part needs to be redesigned for better installation method than double sided tape on the edge of the part. Many other coupe owners have complained online about this issue.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 302016


  • miles
3rd rear brake light cover on 2016 Civic coupe came loose and when brakes are used 3rd brake light reflects on rear widow causing visibility problem at night. Also cover flaps against window when windows of car are tried to glue cover it lasted 15 minutes. They said the currently have no fix. Honda needs to fix this design flaw problem especially since this is a safety issue.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 272016


  • miles
Third brake light cover will not stay up. This causes a visibility issue when driving at night or in rain, as the reflection from the red light covers the entire back window and reflects in the side mirrors. You cannot see. It does not matter if the temp is hot or not. Leased in Ohio end of June and was like that then, as were all coupes on lot. Dealer said they could glue in Ohio. Called another dealer he said not to do that, would void warranty. Car now with son at college in Florida. Called dealer there, knew nothing. This is a hazard driving and I want it documented, as pretty much all other 2016 Honda coupe owners do, that if this causes an accident, there have been plenty of complaints at Honda service departments about. There is a forum that has pages of the same complaint and attempted fixes, but none work. It even states that since July 2016 Honda is working on a fix. This is a danger and needs fixed asap.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 202016


  • 700 miles
The 3rd brake light on my new Civic has been repaired and replaced twice and it will not stay covering the brake light, poses a safety hazard while driving as it hangs down and at night the brake light shines thru the windshield will be taking back to dealer for third time to try and rectify.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 062016


  • 20 miles
Third brake light came came loose shortly after driving the car off the dealer lot and persisted after attempting a fix. Dealer replaced the adhesive and it did not fix the issue. Third brake light housing loose severely affects visibility through rear windshield. Braking at night illuminates the entire rear windshield and severely obstructs the view. Definite safety issue that requires a recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 112016


  • 44 miles
The cover on the third brake light at the top center of the rear window on the coupe version of this car does not stay adhered to the window. This causes a safety issue in visibility in the rear view mirror. Besides reducing visual sight area, at night the red light upon brake application is both distracting and obliterates any other viewing out of the rear window. Dealer attempt to fix was unsuccessful. Part needs to be redesigned for a better installation method than double sided tape on the edge of the part. Many other coupe owners have complained online about this same issue.

- Taftville, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 012016


  • 4,500 miles
Third brake light cover will not stay affixed to window causing light to flood the back glass when braking.

- Prince, WV, USA

problem #6

Aug 162016


  • 6,500 miles
Third brake light housing came undone. I've researched several Honda Civic forums and this seems to be a wide spread problem. One complaint even read that when they contacted their dealer they said that every single 2016 Civic coupe they had in the lot is having this issue. Mind you those vehicles haven't even been driven yet. While for me this is mildly annoying I can see how this can cause real visibility issues. So far there are no permanent fixes by Honda for this. I fully expect a recall once a permanent fix is made by Honda and there should be one. Not only is this annoying but it is a safety issue as well.

- Parksville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 212016


  • 75 miles
Within a month of purchasing my car in July the third brake light cover has fallen down. When it is dark the red light from the brake light reflects on the rear window making it difficult to see out the rear window. The vehicle was stationary when the fault was initially noticed. Honda has not come up with any fix to this problem. The adhesive used for the third brake light cover is not strong enough to with stand the heat absorbed by the back windshield.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 132016


  • 17 miles
3rd light brake cover on coupe falls off. Fell off with 17 miles on the vehicle. Numerous repair attempts have failed. Result rear window floods with red light at night causing a serious safety issue *blinding*. no known recalls or fix attempts by Honda have repaired issue. Unable to drive the car at night!!! serious safety issue and design flaw

- Belton, SC, USA

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