Honda makes excellent vehicles, and the CR-V is no exception. However, the popular SUV is not fault-free. Since the CR-V debuted on North American markets in 1997, there have been 53 recalls. If you own one of Honda‘s popular mid-size crossovers, you need to know which of the 53 recalls affects your car.
So, we created a guide to help you navigate them. In it, you will find information regarding which vehicles each recall covers and what you should do if your SUV has an open recall.
Recalls Keep Consumers Safe
All automakers issue recalls from time to time. These campaigns encourage vehicle owners to bring their vehicles to a dealership to have potential safety issues repaired before they cause an accident or injury. Recalls are part of the automotive industry’s process to keep consumers safe.
Most of the time, an automaker activates a recall, but from time to time, NHTSA does it based on random safety testing. When the NHTSA issues a recall, the automaker has to adhere to the conditions set forth. If the maker refuses to fix your vehicle, you can file a complaint on safecar.gov.
Honda CR-V Recalls 1997-2002
Production of the CR-V began in 1995, two years before it made its North American debut. Since then, there have been five generations of CR-Vs. There have been more than 20 recalls affecting CR-Vs manufactured between 1997 and 2002.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V026000 – Driver Airbag
On January 17, 2020, Honda issued a recall of 1.4 million, including some CR-Vs made between 1997 and 2002. The airbag inflators in the recalled vehicles have an issue involving the airbag inflator. More than nine million CR-Vs made between 1997 and 2007 were recalled due to driver airbag issues.
Other campaigns on the driver airbag include:
NHTSA Campaign Number: 02V120000 – Ignition Switch
Honda recalled one million cars, including some CR-Vs manufactured between 1997 and 1999 for faulty ignition switches. The campaign states that the ignition switches in the affected vehicles may cause the vehicles to stall suddenly. Honda issued the recall on May 16, 2002, and began notifying owners on June 14, 2002.
In 2003, Honda issued another recall covering the ignition switch because metal particles can get in the key cylinder body and interfere with the interlock lever, making it possible to remove the key without the vehicle being in ‘Park.’
Honda also issued Recall 03V422000 on the faulty ignition switch.
Honda CR-V Recalls 2002-2006
Honda’s third generation of CR-Vs was brought to market in 2002. It included upgrades like reclining rear seats, front and side airbags, and a front center console.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 99V282000 – Wiring Harness Routing
One hundred thousand Honda CR-Vs made between 1998 and 1999 were recalled on October 19, 1999, due to wiring routing. The error can cause issues with the windshield wipers, lights, anti-lock braking system, and other vital components.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V768000 – Driver Window Power Failure
Honda recalled some 2002-2006 CR-Vs due to an issue with the switch on the driver window. Moisture can cause the control to stop working or melt. When that happens, it can affect the power to the rest of the windows and leave the driver with no way to roll them down.
Honda later reported more vehicles with malfunctioning driver power window switches under Recall, 12V486000.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V501000 – Frontal Passenger Airbag
On June 27, 2019, Honda issued a serious recall on nearly 1.7 million vehicles. Certain 2002 through 2006 Honda CR-Vs have faulty frontal passenger airbag inflators which may explode, causing injury to the passengers or driver. Another recall included 1,300 Honda CR-Vs made between 2002 and 2004 with improperly installed airbags.
Other recalls on the front passenger airbags of CR-Vs is include:
NHTSA Campaign Number: 12V136000 – Low Beam Lights
An issue with the wiring harness for the low beam lights can cause the lights to malfunction, reduce visibility for the driver, and increase the risk of an accident. Honda expanded the recall to include more than 1.3 million vehicles.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 03V274000 – Cable Linkage Corrosion
Honda recalled 247,019 units on July 19, 2003, because corrosion of the cable linkage can prevent the vehicle from being put into park. The recall affected CR-Vs made between 2002 and 2003.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 02V251000 – Front Seat Anchorage
Two Honda CR-Vs were recalled because the front seats were not properly anchored. The error could cause the seats to separate from the frame leaving the occupants improperly restrained.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 01V351000 – Seat Belt Pretensioners
On November 26, 2001, Honda recalled 6,744 2002 CR-Vs because the pre-tensioners in the driver and front passenger seat belts restricted the seatbelt functionality. Honda would provide rentals for owners affected by the recall while the company replaced the faulty parts.
Honda CR-V Recalls 2007 – 2011
In 2007, Honda redesigned the CR-V again. Updates and options added included wider armrests, a new audio console, side curtain airbags (front and rear), Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, voice-activated navigation, six-disc CD player, and leather seats.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V499000 – Driver Airbag Inflator
On June 27, 2019, Honda issued a recall on 2003 through 2011 CR-Vs with airbag inflator malfunctions that could cause the airbag to explode, resulting in injuries to the driver and passengers.
Other recalls affecting the driver airbag include:
- 16V061000 (2007-2011)
- 17V417000 (2007-2011)
- 19V500000 (2007-2011)
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V346000 – Passenger Front Airbag
On May 24, 2016, a recall added 2.7 million vehicles, including some 2007 through 2011 CR-Vs. Like other recalls on the passenger airbags, the campaign states that the inflator burst or deflate the airbag or cause it to explode. The resulting explosion could injury the passengers or driver.
Additional recalls for the passenger airbags include:
- 17V030000 (2oo7-2011)
- 19V502000 (2007-2011)
- 19V378000 (2007-2011)
NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V395000 – Transmission Control Module
The recall Honda issued, on August 4th, 2011, addressed an issue with the software that controls the automatic transmission control module. On the more than 1.5 million recalled units, including 2007 through 2010 CR-Vs, the glitch could prevent the vehicle from being put in ‘Park,’ even after the operator moves the shifter into the correct position.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V545000 – Front Airbag Replacements
CR-V owners who had new airbags installed in their SUV were unpleasantly surprised by a recall of the replacements. The front airbags were not properly installed on more than 3,000 vehicles.
Other recalls on airbag replacements include:
Honda CR-V Recalls 2012 – 2016
A redesign of the CR-V in 2012 marked a new generation. The fourth-generation CR-Vs came with standard Bluetooth, a backup camera, controls mounted on the steering wheel, and a 5-inch display infotainment screen. However, Honda’s top-selling SUV also saw a new wave of safety recalls.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V143000 – Brake Shift Interlock
The brake shift interlock on some 2012 through 2013 Honda CR-Vs can lock up in freezing temperatures giving the vehicle the ability to be put into gear while the shifter still indicates that the vehicle is in ‘Park.’ The malfunction caused Honda to issue a recall on more than two hundred thousand vehicles on April 15th, 2013.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 12V501000 – Incorrect Certification Label
The printed information on the certification labels of 264 2012 CR-Vs. The labels had the wrong tire size and other information, which left them out of compliance.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 12V338000 – Front Door Latches
Front door latches on more than 170,000 vehicles, including 2012 Honda CR-Vs, did not fully latch, which could allow the door to fly open while the vehicle was in motion or during an accident. The error occurs when someone pulls the door handle while operating the automatic or manual unlocking mechanism.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V305000 – Replacement Engine Assembly Error
In 2017, Honda issued a recall on twenty-six 2015 and 2016 CR-Vs with replacement engines built with the wrong pistons. The piston error could affect the overall efficiency of the motor.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V121000 – Improperly Torqued Rod Bolts
During manufacturing, rod bolts in 137 vehicles were not properly tightened. The loose Rod Bolts could cause the engine to stall or leak flammable liquids into the engine compartment, increasing the chance of a vehicle fire.
Honda CR-V Recalls 2017 – Present
Honda has come a long way with the CR-V in the twenty-four years that it has been producing the best-selling crossover. The fifth-generation is arguably the most attractive CR-V, and it is the most technologically and mechanically advanced version of the popular car. Again, the CR-V is not without faults, though.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V215000 – Fuel Pump
Fuel pumps in more than 600,000 Hondas, including 2018 and 2019 CR-Vs, are faulty. A failure of the components could lead to the vehicle stalling and cause an accident.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V663000 – Power Steering Failure
Honda issued a recall covering some 2017 and 2018 CR-Vs because a sensor output signal in the power steering system may not be securely installed. If the magnet dislodges, it could cause the steering assist to be applied in the opposite direction during a full-lock turn.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V865000 – Subframe Separation
On December 5th, 2019, Honda issued a recall because 358 2019/2020 CR-Vs were at risk of subframe separation. The bolts were improperly tightened on the units during manufacturing, leaving them susceptible to separation while a motorist operated the vehicle.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V694000 – Owner’s Guide Error
The Owner’s Manual provided with 336,468 2019 Honda CR-V’s incorrectly labels when the airbags are on and off. Honda will cover the information with a sticker that contains the correct information for the vehicles in question.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V383000 – Airbag Wiring
On May 21, 2019, 161,252 CR-Vs were recalled due to spurs on the steering wheel’s metalcore. The spurs can cut through the airbag wiring, causing the airbags to deploy at unintended times. The deployment of the airbag can cause injuries or lead to a crash.
When people search for information on CR-V recalls, they often have other questions. These are the most frequently asked questions. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, these questions might help you decide whether the CR-V is the right car for you and what year model you want to purchase.
Answer: There are numerous recalls on the CR-V. However, not all models, years, or trims are affected. Some recalls only affect a few cars, while others can affect ten of thousands of units.
At the end of 2020, Honda recalled 1.4 million vehicles, including CR-Vs built from 2012 to 2014. The faulty cars may have a ‘thermal event’ due to shorting the window switches after moisture enters the control compartment.
Answer: There is no way to know if your exact vehicle has a recall without doing a VIN search. You can also call the service department at your local Honda dealership to verify the information and schedule an appointment to handle any open recalls on your vehicle.
Answer: The 2017 CR-V has three recalls. Recall 17V256000 was issued because the information on some Certification Labels is easily removed with an alcohol solvent. Without a readable label, the cars in question are out of compliance with 49 CFR Part 567.
Recall 17V442000 is a bit more serious. It includes 32,233 Honda CR-Vs because the fuel lines can easily disconnect, causing gas to leak. If the fuel line disconnects, the fuel could act as an accelerant if there is a spark.
Finally, Recall 8V663000 states that a magnet inside the electronic steering system in some 2017 and 2018 Honda CR-VS could detach and cause a malfunction that makes the vehicle difficult to maneuver.
Answer: Honda issued Recall 19V865000 covering 358 vehicles made in 2019 and 2020 with rear subframes that were not properly bolted. If the subframe detaches, it can make the car difficult to maneuver, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
Answer: The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) regularly conducts tests on vehicles. The CR-V receives a five-star overall safety rating and five stars in each category except the front passenger impact and rollover tests in which it receives four stars. So, the CR-V is a safe vehicle.
Final Thoughts On Safety and CR-V Recalls
Despite all of the recalls on Honda CR-V vehicles, they are still safe cars with excellent features. Like any vehicle, it is essential that you follow the advice given by your automaker. They will provide you with up-to-date information on fixes and ways to keep yourself safe while you are waiting for a solution.