In a report filed early Wednesday on the safety agency’s Web site, the automaker said the driver’s side driveshaft could become loose while the vehicle was in motion. This could cause a loss of propulsion or, for a model fitted with an automatic transmission, cause a roll-away even when the gear selector was in Park.
The recall covers two-door and four-door models. Another 14,000 vehicles are being recalled outside the United States, according to Alicia Jones, a Honda spokeswoman. The Civic received a significant update for the 2012 model year, its first since 2006.
Honda said a machine was used to position the driveshaft into a constant-velocity joint. When the machine did not perform the positioning adequately, employees at plants in Indiana and Ontario, Canada, did not “consistently” carry out the proper repair, the automaker said.
Honda began investigating the problem after a warranty claim early in January. The automaker told N.H.T.S.A. it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.
Honda described the recall as voluntary, but once a manufacturer is aware of a safety problem it has no choice but to inform the safety agency within five working days of its plan for a recall.