American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 210,000 model year 2013-2015 Acura ILXs, model year 2013 Acura ILX Hybrids, model year 2012 Honda Civic Hybrids, model year 2007-2008 Honda Fits with a manual transmission and model year 2009-2014 Honda Fits originally sold, or ever registered, in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The drive shafts' protective coating may not have been applied properly during manufacturing, making it more susceptible to damage from road salt, or other contaminants, and potentially causing it to break.
A broken drive shaft may cause a sudden loss of drive power. The vehicle could also roll away if the parking brake has not been applied before the vehicle has been exited. Either condition can increase the risk of a crash or injury.
What to do
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the drive shafts, replacing either the left or right drive shaft -- if necessary -- free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin February 1, 2021.
Owners may contact Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are E9B and A9A.