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I'm considering this Honda civic 1997 with 60k miles on it. edmunds.com reviews are great but I'm not sure if there are any recalls on it. carfax.com gives conflicting information.
I see following on one of the pages:
Recall date: 10-15-1997 Units potentially affected: 9,558 NHTSA campaign number: 97V193000 Defective part or component: INTERIOR SYSTEMS:PASSENGER RESTRAINTS:AIR BAG:FRONTAL:PASSENGER Description: Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The front passenger air bag modules have been improperly assembled. the cloth flaps covering the folded air bag may have been tucked in too far. This condition could prevent proper deployment of the air bag. In a crash, an improper air bag deployment could increase the risk of injury to a front seat passenger. Dealers will repair the front passenger's air bag module to prevent this problem from occurring.
But I'm not sure If this particular vehicle is affected. Any way to make certain? If I do take this car to mehanic would he be able to make certain that vehicle is ok. Do I just tell him to check the airbags.? Here is the rest of the carfax.com report. Would someone please kindly take a look at this and let me know if anything looks suspicious.
Thank you very much Vehicle Information: 1997 HONDA CIVIC DX SEDAN 4 DR 1.6L L4 PFI SOHC 16V FRONT WHEEL DRIVE Standard Equipment No accident/damage reported No accident / damage reported to CARFAX CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle Registered as a personal vehicle Personal vehicle Last reported odometer reading/mileage 58,746 Last reported odometer reading
Purchased: 1997 Type: Personal Est. miles/year: 4,745/yr Est. length owned: 2/15/97 - 4/29/09 (12 yrs. 2 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments: 02/15/1997 Motor Vehicle Dept. Registered as personal vehicle Motor Vehicle Dept. Title issued or updated First owner reported 02/27/1998 7,278 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 08/27/1998 9,500 Inspection Co. Vehicle inspected Anti-theft device present at the time of inspection 03/09/1999 13,531 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 03/18/2000 19,628 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 01/26/2001 Motor Vehicle Dept. Title issued or updated 03/24/2001 24,789 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 04/02/2002 29,654 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 01/29/2003 Motor Vehicle Dept. Registration issued or renewed Registered as personal vehicle Passed safety inspection 02/13/2003 33,000 Inspection Co. Vehicle inspected Anti-theft device present at the time of inspection 04/12/2003 34,311 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 02/02/2004 37,000
718-892-3300 Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated 05/08/2004 38,419 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 06/15/2004 Motor Vehicle Dept. Title issued or updated 12/19/2004 Motor Vehicle Dept. Registration issued or renewed Registered as personal vehicle Passed safety inspection 02/04/2005 41,321 718-892-3300 Manufacturer's recommended maintenance performed 05/18/2006 46,807 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 12/22/2006 Motor Vehicle Dept. Registration issued or renewed Registered as personal vehicle Passed safety inspection 05/16/2007 51,239 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 05/17/2008 55,598 Inspection Station Passed safety inspection Passed emissions inspection
View what was inspected 01/06/2009 Motor Vehicle Dept. Registration issued or renewed Registered as personal vehicle Passed safety inspection 04/29/2009 58,745 vehicle offered for sale 05/12/2009 58,746 Online Listing Vehicle offered for sale
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take it to a dealer, dumbass or use one of them thar new fangled phones.
They'll perform the service for free if it is applicable to your car.
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Ok, what's the question??
john
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Call any Honda dealer. Give them the VIN number & they can tell you if there are any recalls that apply and whether or not they were ever performed on that specific car.
Recalls should not be a concern. If there are any outstanding, any/every Honda dealer is required to perform them for free.
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There's an even easier way to tell if the fix has been done for the airbag recall the OP refers to: If the repair has been done, there will be a center-punch mark above the second character (the H) of the VIN number that's stamped into the firewall in the engine compartment.
No mark, no fix.
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Recalls do expire!
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On 5/27/09 11:30 PM, in article 4a1e1369$0$11839$ snipped-for-privacy@unlimited.newshosting.com, "Howard"

That's true. They do expire if they are configured for xx many years or xx many miles & some of them have a material effect on the worth of the car. I personally would not touch a 2000 Acura TL or V6 Accord that fell under the transmission recall/ warranty extension if the warranty extension has expired, for example.
On the other hand, we're talking about a '97 Civic. If it has survived 12 years and counting without having received some particular recall, it probably wasn't important anyway.
In any event, a call to any Honda dealer with the VIN number should resolve whether there are any outstanding recalls for that specific car.
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My 96 Civic had, IIRC, three "major" recalls, and one "piddly assed". The latter was "driver's side floor mat could slide forward."
The major ones were a seatbelt release issue, an emissions issue (which came with a free tuneup including plugs and wires) and one having to do with the rear seat latch (coupe) sometimes not latching.
The emissions one had a mileage expiration, but no date, and the others had no expiration.
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