Honda will provide longer warranty periods on the gas tanks for about 80,000 Civic hybrid sedans, as the cars’ fuel tanks could crack and leak. The New York Times reports that the problem affects Civic hybrids from model years 2006 through 2011.
Over time, the tanks used in the Civic hybrid could develop cracks at the point where the fuel filler tube is connected to the rest of the tank. A Honda representative told the NYT that no ignition sources are near the potential leak location, so fires are unlikely. Honda won’t issue a recall for the gas tanks, as the company doesn’t believe this is a safety issue. The issue is reportedly more common in regions with very hot weather.
There have not been any reported instances of fires due to fuel leaks, but an undisclosed number of Civic hybrid owners have either smelled fuel vapors or noticed fuel spilling onto the ground. The new warranty, which lasts 10 years or 120,000 miles from the vehicle’s purchase date, will cover the cost of replacing the Civic’s gas tank. All Honda vehicles come standard with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Source: The New York Times