Honda Recalling 143,000 Civic and Fit Models for CVT Trouble

2015 Honda Civic Sedan front three quarter motion

Honda is recalling 143,676 Civic and Fit models in the U.S. for transmission failures, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On the 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) may have a weakened drive-pulley shaft (the part connected to the crankcase) that can break when exposed to high hydraulic pressure. This can result in power loss and even the front wheels locking up while driving. Honda first found the problem in July 2014 and since then has received 23 warranty claims for broken shafts. Starting this month, dealers will update the transmission software with a “stress reduction program” to reduce the pressure within the gearbox in certain situations.

Honda’s new “Earth Dreams” CVT became automatic on all Civics for 2014 and on the redesigned 2015 Fit. Score one for the Civic and Fit drivers who, like us in our manual long-term 2015 Fit EX, are rowing their own gears. They’re obviously not at all affected, and they’re having way more fun.

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