According to a Bloomberg report, Honda has issued a service campaign in the US and is calling back 90,000 Civic Hybrids over defective software that could result to a shortening of the life of the vehicles' nickel-metal batteries.
The affected vehicles are those in the 2006-2008 model years. Honda said that it has notified the owners to bring the vehicles to dealerships for a software reprogramming.
Honda wants to clarify though that this campaign is a technical service bulletin and is not a recall because the defect can't be considered as a driving safety hazard.
A Honda spokesman said that the new software affects the battery's use and will not result to a fuel consumption increase. The spokesperson didn't provide a confirmation if this problem has resulted to any hybrid battery fail cases.
Honda offers a warranty of eight years, or 100,000 miles for the batteries, but they could fail after a much shorter period of time/mileage because of the software flaw.
Those Civic Hybrid vehicles that were built after 2008 are not affected since Honda was able to avoid this type of damage after making changes to the battery packs.