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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
850 miles

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2012 Honda Civic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 132012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


I got into a accident last Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, like around 8 or 9 in the morning. I was making a right turn when my car went out of control even though I was already stepping on the brakes and I was trying to turn the steering wheel to the left but the car just kept going to the right until I hit the pole sign that says "no parking at all times" (something like that). The metal pole that I hit broke and almost 1/4 of that metal pole that was stuck to the ground scraped the bottom of part of my car and the bottom covering fell off and it cost $4,000 to repair and now I have to pay $500 for my deductible which is not even my fault why my car did that. It wasn't the first time my car did that. It did something weird twice last year before I got into this accident last week. First was last year, a month or two after I got my car when I was driving on the freeway when I tried stepping on the breaks and instead of my car slowing down, it suddenly accelerated. Thank goodness there's no car in front of me. Then the second time was I think around November or December of last year when my friend was test driving the car to see if she wants to buy the same thing. We were together in the car and she was driving when she stopped stepping on the gas and brakes and the car just accelerated by itself. She was surprised that it that but we both figured that any car is just like that and since we both don't know anything about cars we thought it was normal for my car to accelerate on its own until I got into this accident, the police told me that it is not normal for my car to do that specially when I'm already stepping on the brakes. :(

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 162011


  • 3,000 miles
The Civic I have is only for 3 month and around 3000 miles. It was a sunny day, the road is dry. I drive like around 50 miles/hr on grand central parkway in NY, suddenly I saw people hit the break in front of me, then I hit the break as soon as I can. I didn't hit the break to the end (just around half) but the tire start to scream. I release the break a little bit and hit it again but the tire still scream and I keep sliding. I slide with my tire locked for more the 5 car distance. The tires keep screaming and I couldn't stop. Then I hit the car in front of me. I have a driving recorder and record everything. Which I upload to youtube. after the car fixed by the body shop, the car become better. The body shop had change a new ABS system and break and reset the computer in the car. Now the break is more sharp then before and the ABS work fine. (I test it on a raining day in my driveway) other thing is that the car become more fuel efficient. I try so hard in the beginning but only get 26 gallon per mile. Now it is so easy to go up to 29-30. (it has been used for another 800 mile and I drive it on the same road I go to work) I don't know what is wrong with it and don't want to let it happens on others.

- Jackson Heights, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 212012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
While going up a hill on my driveway the vsa (vehicle stability assistant) was activated on my 2012 Honda Civic due to slippage in snow. The vsa modulator got stuck and the vsa, ABS and power steering warning lights instantly turned on. Upon turning the car off the vsa modulator remained on producing a low frequency hum/vibration. I had to disconnect the battery terminal last night to turn the modulator off so that it does not drain the battery. This type of failure on critical safety components should not be occurring on a 5 month old car. Luckily the failure occurred at low speed (5 mph). Had this failure occurred on the highway at 65 mph it could have resulted in a major accident.

- Ct, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 162011


  • 400 miles
Honda Civic hybrid 2012 bought just after six days failed after doing a left turn. All warning lights lit from the dashboard. Restarted and was able to drive home but failed to start next day. Towed to the nearest Honda dealer. Service guy after calling Honda headquarters determine it was the ABS system that caused the failure. Still in the shop for repairs.

- Richmond, CA, USA

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