I heard this story on the radio earlier today, but I thought that I must have mis-heard the reason for the Stop Sale Order.
However, this article confirms that I heard the info correctly, and that over 30,000 2016 Civics may have been made with piston rings that are either missing or “misplaced”. I can only guess as to what misplaced might mean, and I am guessing that…perhaps…compression rings and/or oil control rings were put in the wrong positions on these engines’ pistons. What else could “misplaced” possibly mean?
I can understand when a supplier provides substandard parts that later result in a recall.
I can understand when a manufacturer’s design later turns out to be a not-so-good one.
But…installing engines that are missing some of their rings, or whose rings have been “misplaced”?
That I cannot understand, unless Honda has dispensed with inspections of their engines during assembly and prior to installation in their vehicles.
This has to be a major lapse in quality control at the assembly plant where the Civic engines are assembled, and it definitely makes me wonder whether Honda has lowered their previously high standards in the name of cost reduction.