Honda Civics hit by handbrake problemThousands need to have brakes replaced

26 March 2008

Honda Civic

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Thousands of Honda Civics are to have handbrakes replaced after the company discovered a problem that appears similar to the one affecting some Vauxhall cars.

In January, Which? revealed that Vauxhall had finally decided to modify handbrakes on 250,000 Vectras and Signums following dozens of roll-away accidents.

Now Honda has uncovered a handbrake problem with certain Civics and has contacted around 79,000 owners with 2006 or 2007 models.

Roll-away risk

Honda says there’s a risk of the cars rolling away if the driver presses the release button while applying the handbrake.

The issue affects Civics only, and Honda says it doesn’t use the same handbrake part supplier as Vauxhall.

A Honda UK spokesman said: ‘There have been about 20 incidents in the UK and we have now improved the handbrake design.

‘We have written to the owners of the affected models offering them the chance to bring the car in and have a new handbrake fitted free of charge.’