An estimated 50,000 Honda Civics have been voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer in response to a request from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This recall has been issued due to a potential defect in the driveshaft assembly installed in these vehicles which may cause the engine to lose power without warning. This recall affects model year 2012 Honda Civic coupes and sedans. According to a notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the left driver’s side driveshaft in certain Honda Civics may have been improperly assembled, leading to the possibility that the driveshaft may separate from the vehicle’s outer CV joint during routine use, preventing the vehicle’s engine from continuing to function in any gear, resulting in an unexpected breakdown, or if the vehicles is parked without the parking brake set, may result in the vehicle rolling away unexpectedly, possibly becoming involved in a collision causing severe injury or death before the vehicle comes to a stop. According to the statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the process required to seat the driver’s side driveshaft and set the retaining clip was not completed for certain 2012 Civics during the manufacturing process. Honda has announced plans to begin notifying owners of this potential safety issue later this week. Owners of affected vehicles may return them to authorized Honda dealerships for free inspection and repairs related to this issue.