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One of America’s most popular cars for decades, the Civic sedan for 2016 has stylish new looks, a roomier interior, more features than ever and two new engines, including Honda’s first turbocharged engine for the United States. Fuel economy is improved, too. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Bloomberg) — Honda Motor Co. is preparing a recall for the 2016 Civic compact in the U.S. and has ordered dealers to stop selling some versions of the car, months after beginning sales of the crucial new model.

The automaker issued a stop-sale notice to dealers in late January, spokesman Chris Martin said in an e-mail, declining to give specific details including the number of vehicles before the official recall statement. Blogs including Jalopnik and Autoblog earlier this month cited a dealer service bulletin posted on the enthusiast site CivicX.com that said about 34,000 Civics were involved and the fault was with missing or mis-set piston rings that could cause engines to stall or fail.

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