The issue involves a brief loss of power steering assistance, making steering heavier and harder to move. While no crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been reported, the investigation is ongoing, and a recall may be issued if necessary.
The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2022 and 2023 Honda Civic models over "sticky steering," a problem that has been reported by 145 drivers over the past 11 months. The issue results in a brief loss of power steering assistance, making steering more difficult and heavier to move. While no accidents, injuries, or deaths have been reported, the NHTSA is investigating the matter further.
Complaints regarding the issue have been reported at highway speeds and on vehicles with relatively low mileage, though the NHTSA has not specified what mileage constitutes "low mileage." As the complaints have only been reported in 2022 and 2023 Civics, which are no more than a year or two old, it is likely that the mileage is below 50,000 at the most. Both regular Civic sedans and hatchbacks, as well as the sporty Si models, are affected, and an estimated 238,271 cars may be affected if a recall is issued.
It is important to note that the investigation is ongoing and no recall has been issued yet. The investigation began on March 17, and the NHTSA has not yet identified any potential causes for the issue. It is also possible that no actual problem will be found and no recall will be necessary.
If you own one of these Honda Civics and have experienced a "sticky steering" issue, it is recommended that you take it to a dealer for a check-up. You may also file an official complaint with the NHTSA at nhtsa.gov.