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2007 Honda Civic GX: Fire Hazard Recall

December 17, 2007

We received a letter in the mail from Honda today regarding an open safety recall on 1998-2007 Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicles. A faulty fuel tank heat insulator is to blame.

In the event of a severe interior fire in the area of the rear seat, the CNG tank may be heated unevenly, preventing the pressure relief device from venting the contents of the tank properly. This could result in a tank rupture, or its ejection from the vehicle.

This situation was discovered after studying an act of arson on a Civic GX earlier this year.

Parts are not yet available, but a secondary notice will be sent once they are.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Coordinator @ 6,800 miles

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