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Honda Civic owners warned of flaw
Employees from Honda's Swindon factory helping to unveil the new three door Honda Civic
The Civic is made at Honda's Swindon factory
Honda has written to all Civic drivers in Britain to notify them of problems with faulty handbrakes.

The Japanese firm said it was sending out letters to 63,000 drivers of the Swindon-produced car to alert them to the problem.

It comes after a number of customer complaints that the handbrake did not stick if applied when pushing the release button.

Honda has offered to give customers a new handbrake if they are unhappy.

A Honda spokesman said: "We do apologise for any inconvenience to customers.

"We will be sending out letters to our customers in March and April recommending that they visit their local Honda dealer to get an improved handbrake fitted."

The design flaw applies to Civics produced between 2006 and 2007.

Honda recommends that owners do not push the release button when using the handbrake, which may result in it not catching.

The flaw has been the subject of conversation on internet motoring discussion boards since 2007.

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