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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Honda Extends Fuel Tank Warranty on 80,000 2006-11 Civic Hybrids

Honda is extending the warranty on the gas tank assembly of 80,000 2006-11 Honda Civic Hybrids, according to the New York Times. The warranty is being extended because fuel may leak from some vehicles, the automaker says.

On the affected vehicles, small cracks may develop where “the fuel-filler pipe joins the gas tank,” according to a technical service bulletin sent to dealers. Honda says it is confident the leaks do not pose a safety risk, according to the Times. (That’s why this isn’t considered a safety recall.)

The warranty now lasts 10 years or 120,000 miles. Typically, a Honda vehicle has a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty on the fuel tank covered by the bumper-to-bumper warranty, though states that have a low emission category called PZEZ have a 15 years or 150,000 miles warranty on Civic Hybrid fuel tank's already, says Honda. If cracks form, Honda will replace the fuel tank free of charge, so long as it is under warranty.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s monitoring the situation with the Civic Hybrid and will determine if further action is needed, the Times reported.

This isn’t the first problem to emerge regarding the Civic Hybrid. Last year, owners of 2006-08 Civic Hybrids complained of premature battery failure , and the automaker said it fixed the issue by updating the software in the battery management system.

Gas Leak Prompts Warranty Extension for 80,000 Honda Civic Hybrids (New York Times)

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