As of August 1, 2011, Consumer Reports cannot recommend the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic LX. Formerly a Consumer Reports Top Pick, the Civic now has a cheap interior and allows substantial road noise. However, of even greater concern are the safety issues identified during the rigorous testing process.
The 2012 Civic has long stopping distances, making it more difficult for drivers to stop behind drivers who brake suddenly or turn without using their turn signals. Body lean occurs early into a turn, increasing the risk of rollovers and other motor vehicle accidents. Because the steering wheel gives little feedback, drivers may not know how sharply they are turning, increasing the risk for crashes on curvy roads.
Despite its many built-in safety features, the 2012 Honda Civic LX coupe received lower safety scores than the Civic sedan. This vehicle only received a score of “acceptable” for side impact crash tests. During government testing, the Civic LX received only a two-star rating in side crash tests and an overall score of three stars (out of a possible score of five stars).
Those who already own this vehicle should be aware of its shortcomings when it comes to safety. Drivers should maintain safe distances when driving behind other vehicles, as the long stopping distances increase the risk of rear-end collisions. Civic drivers should also use caution when driving on curvy roads or making sharp turns due to the lack of steering feedback.
Despite its track record as a safe vehicle, the 2012 Honda Civic LX coupe has several shortcomings. If you or a loved one experienced an accident in this vehicle, or any other vehicle that may be defective, contact one of our Nebraska product liability lawyers immediately for a free consultation. Both of our attorneys at Cullan & Cullan are also physicians, giving us the skill needed to review X-rays, medical reports and other documents to determine how to proceed with building a strong case on your behalf. Contact Cullan & Cullan at 402-397-7600 for a confidential review of your case.