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Default Honda recalls nearly 10,000 new Civic models over pinched tires

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Honda is recalling some 9,816 Civic LX coupes and sedans from the 2014 model year due to a potential tire problem.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, the safety problem stems from an installation problem at a supplier, which may have caused the tire bead to become pinched between the steel wheel and the mounting equipment. As a result, tire beads may have been damaged, which could result in a loss of pressure, a condition that could lead to an increased accident risk, or at least an increased risk of being stranded and late for work.

Honda spokesperson Chris Martin tells Autoblog, "Only about 1,800 of that 9,800 have been sold because we caught it so quickly. The majority of them were in transit or unsold at dealers."

The recall only affects LX models built between November 26, 2013 and January 21 2014. LX is the Civic's entry-level trim now that the DX model has been discontinued, and as such, it typically makes up around 30 percent of the model's sales, notes Martin. Higher trim levels are fitted with alloy wheels and are not affected by this safety campaign.

While experts don't recommend replacing individual tires due to different wear patterns having adverse affects on a vehicle's performance, Martin says that these vehicles are so new that Honda doesn't anticipate any problems with individual tire substitution. "This is such a recent thing that I doubt there is a significant amount of tire wear," he says. The automaker is also endeavoring to replace the tires in question with exactly the same OEM tire fitment, so Honda says no issues will be created by different tread patterns or performance characteristics.

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