2010 Honda Civic Body Structure and Hybrid Battery Disconnect

Civic Hybrid with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) was named a 2010 TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to the IIHS, the award “recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now [for 2010] rollover crashes.”  Ultra-high Strength Steel is lurking in the body structure!  Any body pillar, rail, or rocker that is a different color in the images below is worth taking a mental snapshot.

Honda Civic Hybrid Power train Overview
Securing the power on a Honda Civic Hybrid is fairly straight forward.  The battery disconnect switch is in the image to the left, but hidden from plain view.  On a Honda Civic hybrid, the battery is disconnected by removing the rear seat back cushion, removing two screws from a small cover with the word “UP” on the cover, the flipping the power switch DOWN to the OFF position.
There is a really great article written on aa1car.com on Hybrid Hazards and disconnect procedures on different models.

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