really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,066 miles

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problem #14

Mar 152007


  • 47,000 miles
Ever since I have had my car the headlights burn out within 3-4 months. Change one, the other goes out. Averaging $2000 over the lifetime of owning my car. The front drivers seat's bolt broke...the service manager said it was bc of weight...I weigh 135# I had to pay to have my seat fixed. Not my fault!! my seat belt will not buckle until the 4-5 try..it keeps on bouncing out of the clicker.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #13

Oct 102017


  • 125,000 miles
Drivers side seat belt will not always click into lock. Drivers side seat is very loose. Malfunction light will not turn off.

- Gualala, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 042017

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 188,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Honda CR-V. while driving 35 mph, another vehicle ran the stop sign and was T-boned by the contact's vehicle. The contact stated that the seat belt pretensioner failed and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact's wife sustained a broken knee cap and upper torso injuries. The rear passenger sustained back injuries and the driver sustained back and torso injuries. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired for a recall in 2010. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The recall specifics were not provided. The failure mileage was approximately 188,000. Updated 05/17/17 updated 08/07/2017

- Bokeelia, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 062014


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda CR-V. while the vehicle was parked, the rear passenger side belt failed. Once the seat belt was clicked into the buckle, the seat belt choked and locked the passenger into a tight position. The passenger's face turned purple and the seat belt had to be cut with a knife. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Greenville, KY, USA

problem #10

Aug 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda CR-V. consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical problems. The consumer stated she would always put the keys in the seat, while at the gas station. The vehicle locked automatically if they keys were in the vehicle, but not in the ignition. The consumer stated she was locked out several times, just by laying the keys down. There was no signal or alert that the headlights were on, as she accidentally left them on. Also, the interior light would never come on, when she opened the door, the headlights were replaced, the seat belt would not retract. The air bag light illuminated. The consumer received a recall notice, regarding the issue. The dealer informed the consumer, she would have to pay $100 diagnosis fee, to determine, why the light was still on.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #9

Dec 122003


  • 20,000 miles
I purchased my 2002 Honda CR-V used from a local Honda dealer. The driver seat rocked back and forth from the date of my purchase in 2003. A mechanic at the Honda dealer on a routine oil change said that it was broken, and that it would be a $300 plus repair. I haven't done it, because I figured for a car only having 20,000 miles on it should be under warranty, and they should have caught it when it went through the "certified" warranty program. My seat belt on the driver seat won't lock, unless I repeatedly put the clip in and out, and then it will finally engage after 8 to 10 tries. Again, it has been a problem since I purchased it, and I believe that it should have been taken care of in the "certified" warranty program. Of course, now it is 10 years later, and I only have 80,000 miles on the car, and since these things were present when I purchased the car, I didn't realize that these issues should not have existed. It appears that these are issues that many other Honda owners are experiencing as well, so that would suggest manufacturer defect.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #8

Sep 012005


  • miles
Purchased the car in 2002. Starting in 2005, the seat belt wouldn't engage into the buckle. Had to force and force the buckle in for the buckle to lock in the insert. Recently, the SRS light came on. Honda tells me that the seat belt must be replaced because the air bags may not deploy upon impact but there is no warranty. An independent mechanic tells me that the seat belt may in fact be warranted, but Honda made no mention of that.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #7

Mar 282011


  • 79,929 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda CRV. The contact started the vehicle and the supplemental restraint system warning light illuminated on the dashboard and remained illuminated. In addition, the front driver and passenger seat belts will not latch. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a local mechanic for the failure. The contact stated that she was afraid to operate the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was 79,929.

- Timbrook, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 262010


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda CRV with 60,000 miles and I was driving with my air conditioning running and came to a stop light. As soon as I pulled away the car starting making a very loud clanking noise. I pulled over to try to figure it out and realized that when I turned off the air it stopped. I drove by the Honda dealership immediately and was told that the sound was from the failed air compressor that we about $1200-2500 to replace. I have called american Honda motor company and they refused any goodwill assistance.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 202010


  • 115,500 miles
I have a 2002 Honda CR-V. I always have 2 car seats in the rear of it. Just yesterday, the seat belt buckle, the part that attaches to the floor, broke during a hard stop, sending one child into the rear of the drivers seat. The internal parts of the seat belt buckle is what came undone or broke. The child turned out to be fine, but just scared. This car is only 7.5 years old, and I don't believe this should be happening. I still remember the old days and cars whereas the buckles were made of metal. Every buckle in this car is plastic! I'm a pretty good size guy and I just don't feel that my drivers side would hold me in if I was ever in a front end collision. What if that child had his window down" he could have been ejected out of it. A front end collision could've meant a broken neck or something" I haven't had a chance to see our Honda dealer about this yet, but I feel it is something that needs to be addressed. Thank you for taking the time to check on this problem.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #4

Apr 252007

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
The SRS light came on in my 2002 Honda CRV which has only 35000 miles. I took it to the dealer who informed me that the SRS must have went bad and it would cost $700 to fix. I asked if the light on could be caused by the front passenger seat belt locking up regularly which temporarily does not allow you to get enough seat belt to actually reach the buckle and the dealer said that might be the problem but I still would need to replace the whole SRS system. I asked if this was a recall and he said not at this time. I now have checked the recalls and see that the seat belts as well as the air bags have been recalled and I have not been notified of either by the dealer and I would think this would be immediately corrected especially since the SRS light came on which is directly related to both of these safety devices.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 252006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
: the contact stated the seat belt buckle tensioner was defective. The seat belt warning light was illuminated. The contact alerted the manufacturer about the seat belt recall #01V351000, who determined that the vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
The seat belts in our car come unlatched while we are driving.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #1

Jan 112003


  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident, and the seat belts failed to restrain him.

- Naperville, IL, USA