really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,631 miles

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2012 Honda Civic steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Nov 062016


  • 103,000 miles


Electric power steering module failed while driving at slow speed (straight). Eps warning came on. Eps re-activated 1 hour later but failed again after vehicle was switched-off and restarted. Eps working again after 14 hrs.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 192016


  • 60,000 miles
Difficult to steer at both low and high speed. A lot of resistance to turning the wheel. Took it to dealer who could find nothing wrong, and would not investigate further under warranty. Slightly more than 60,000 miles

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #23

Jul 192016


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 25 mph, the power steering failed without warning and the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road with caution. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the results were unknown. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Hudgins, VA, USA

problem #22

Jun 022016

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic. While driving 35 mph, the steering wheel seized. In order for the steering to operate, the contact had to turn the ignition switch on and off four times. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed and the power steering rack was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 12/13/16 the consumer stated the steering would lock up, placing him at risk. The dealer stated the power steering rack needed to be replaced. Updated 12/19/16.

- Luther, OK, USA

problem #21

Jul 052016


  • 23,564 miles
Check your power steering system, error message came on while stopped. Am unable to steer my car. Car is only a 2012 with 23,000 miles.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #20

Apr 072016


  • 19 miles
Horn fails to work all the time. On the fourth trip to the dealer it was found to be related to position of steering wheel. The dealer replaced the ribbon cable associated with the horn (broken/ intermittent wiring). Now car out of warranty problem came back. Is this poor workmanship" bad design? lemon??" not a happy camper!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #19

Feb 272016


  • 48,000 miles


I was driving at 35 mph on a city street with high traffic volumerwhen I lost all power steering and the indicator light went on statting check power steering system.. the car was unable to be steered properly and is currently at the shop in tenafly NJ- tenafly of Honda. This incident is extremely troublesome as I now doubt the reliability of the vehicle.

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jan 092016

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Driving on a surface road at approximately 30 mph and the power steering failed with a power steering warning message on the dash display. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Creve Coeur, MO, USA

problem #17

Sep 052015


  • 45,000 miles
The incident happened twice with two different scenarios. I stopped in a parking lot to run an errand and when I came back and started the vehicle 2012 Honda Civic the check power steering system light came on and it was difficult to steer the vehicle. I drove it to a shop thinking like the older cars that the power steering fluid was low, but I was told that it is an internal system now and I would have to contact the dealer. The next morning when I started the car the light was off and the power steering worked as normal. I drove the vehicle for about two weeks when it happened again. This time I was traveling down a grade on a highway about 60 miles an hour when the check power steering system light came on and I lost the power steering. It took everything I had to hold the wheel with both hands to maneuver the curves. I slowed my speed and drove home. It was late and all service places were closed. The next morning the light was still on and I still had no power steering. I called the dealership and I could not get an appointment until a week later. I think this is an extreme safety hazard since it happens while you are driving and you lose steering without any warning. This should be a recall.

- Madras, OR, USA

problem #16

Dec 042013


  • 15,000 miles
When turning the steering wheel right and left, there is a loud clanking noise. It happens 95% of the time. The dealer told me it was the power steering fluid (even though there is no power steering fluid as the 2012 model has an electronic system). The noise has continued and gets worse. They told me other models had a recall on the driveshaft which may be the issue but they cant do anything unless I pay out of pocket because my car was not under the recall.

- Atascocita, TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 242015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


While I was driving my car 40mph something happened and suddenly power steering went off along with a message. It is so difficult to steer. And the dealer stated that there is nothing wrong. It's still at the dealer. However problem keeps going on. I think it has to be recalled, too.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #14

Apr 072015


  • 68,000 miles
During rain storms especially, the power steering warning comes on and I lose all power to steer. I can still steer but its extremely hard. Has happened 3-4 times now. Has been to the dealer but he doesn't know why get. Had to get a rental until its fixed. In my opinion, electronic power steering is much less reliable than the old type.

- Mount Dora, FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 142015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 55,626 miles
Was driving around 50 mph when the light changed to yellow, when I tried to put on brakes they were gone and the steering was gone also, I did see a error message that stated to check power steering I was able to turn the car into a parking lot instead of going through the light. I cut off the car and re-started the car and the message and the check steering light were gone. It was as if the car lost power. I put my VIN in Honda's web site to check for a recall and there were not any. This could cause fatal accidents.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #12

Feb 162015

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2012 Honda Civic and I take very good care of it. I just noticed that my steering wheel has a crack in the middle of it where the airbag comes out of. My vehicle has never been in an accident so for this to start cracking out of no where is very unsafe. I've gone to Honda to get it fixed and they don't want to help me because it's "not a big deal". my safety and my passengers safety is a big deal to me so I need help getting this issue fixed by Honda.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 102015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
On Saturday January 10 2015 I was driving I was coming to a intersection when the stop light change I press on my brakes and my car did not stop even after I was pumping it. It did nothing my steering became locked the only recourse I had was to pull the emergency brakes to prevent my car from hitting anyone. I ending up in the middle of the intersection. Even after I was able to stop and move my car away the brakes and steering did not work. This is now preventing me from driving since I don't know if and when it might happen again. Also I have notice any one that is sitting in the passenger seat and is seat belted the sensor is not able to recognized that it giving alert that the person need to put on the seat belt this is a safety concern that Honda refuse to acknowledge.....updated 01/23/15

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 262014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
A few hours ago (2012 Civic si) the check power steering system indicator came on as I was leaving the parking lot. It was heck trying to steer back into parking. Called the dealer; but since it was closing time, he advised me to call back in the a.M. the engine seems to be revving itself when I'm in neutral. It's been doing this for several months. This was the first time that the power steering stopped.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The power steering is off when making turns. The engine has to be restarted to recover the power steering.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #8

Jul 142014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic coupe. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the power steering failed causing the contact to crash into the side rail. A police report was filed and injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to auto service repair shop. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Walters, OK, USA

problem #7

Feb 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 21,280 miles
First time driving this car in light snow. At the top of a hill, I turned left to traverse the hill to take a side street, following my co-workers. The Civic slipped - just a bit- and the vsa light lit. I immediately lost all throttle control, brakes were wildly activating (seemingly 1 at a time), and the steering wheel was jerking. I was going very slow when the Civic took all control away from me. I could not apply any throttle to pull out of a very minor slip and my car accelerated sideways down the slope into a curb which destroyed the right front wheel and suspension. I have spent $1125 so far to repair the damage and have not replaced the tire & wheel yet (another approx. $600). I told the 2 Ford dealers who performed the repairs about this incident and neither gave it any thought. I requested they turn off the vsa system, both refused. I can not think of any reason, in the real world, any car should take complete control away from the driver like this, especially for such a minor occurrence as a slipping wheel. If a semi was behind me, there would have been no way for me to get out of it's way. It was just dumb luck I hit the curb where I did vs. Tobogganing into opposing traffic or picking up even more speed by continuing further down that hill before the car crashed. I have this incident on dash cam. It is at night, and not great, but it does plainly show what happened. Out of all the cars that drove that route, mine was the only one to crash and it was absolutely due to the vsa taking control away from me and not allowing me to drive my car.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #6

Apr 292013


  • 17,300 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, there was a loss of power steering with the warning indicator illumination. The failure occurred sporadically. Vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. There was a slight rain the night prior to the failure and the sun roof was open. The technician stated that there was damage to the power steering electric system due to rain. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 17,300. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rome , NY, USA

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