According to news sources, about 80,000 owners of Honda Civic 2006-2011 hybrid models will be given an extended warranty due to risks associated with the fuel tank leaking due to small cracks that can potentially form on the vehicle gas tank.
The announcement from Honda came today after a spokesman for the company said that the likelihood of fuel leaking was “very small”. In the case where a small fuel tank cracks it would reportedly take place in the compartment where the fuel-filler pipe is joined with the gas tank.
There has been one incident regarding the issue reported on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Therefore the company is reportedly not required to announce a recall of the vehicle and will instead opt for extending warranties for consumers. The extended warranty would be valid for up to 10 years from the manufacturing date or up to 120,000 miles traveled.
The NHTSA will reportedly continue to monitor the problem.
As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a product liability lawyer Los Angeles to learn about the legal options available to you.