Honda offering software upgrade to fix Civic Hybrid batteries

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

Honda Civic Hybrid owners are shocked by a new fix for the hybrid sedan that addresses an issue with the nickel-metal hydride battery pack in the vehicle. According to Honda, thousands of Civic Hybrid owners may be experiencing accelerated deterioration of the car’s crucial and expensive nickel-metal hydride battery pack.

Honda has already started offering a software upgrade to owners of 2006-2008 Civic Hybrids to fix the problem. The nickel hydride batteries in the Civic Hybrid power a small electric motor fitted between the engine and transmission that adjusts increases power. The motor also reverses polarity when the car is decelerating to turn kinetic energy into electrical energy that recharges the batteries.

Honda has started mailing letters to more than 100,000 Civic Hybrid owners. Those who bought their Civic from the 2009 model year and onward have nothing to worry about because Honda has already implemented the software update on those units.

Last month, Honda recalled 383,000 vehicles over a faulty ignition interlock feature.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoObserver