pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,857 miles
Total Complaints:
30 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (18 reports)
  2. replaced door latches (6 reports)
  3. replace door lock motors (3 reports)
  4. replace door locks actuators (2 reports)
  5. i had them disconnect power locks (1 reports)
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problem #30

Jan 242014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Just purchased this CR-V in January of 2014 as a second vehicle. Next day I put my Grandson in his carseat, doors are locked and guess what??? He reaches down and opened the passenger door while we are driving down the road! Then I realized the rear passenger door will not lock at all plus the door locks randomly lock and unlock at their own will! I wish I would have known about this site before I paid for the CR-V!

- , Reno, NV, USA

problem #29

Oct 092012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Honda must fix this issue. My locks have a mind of their own.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #28

Sep 062010

CR-V 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This was the first of many problems to come. I went to the Honda dealership and they just laughed at me. I told him, "l will buy a new car before I pay out of pocket expenses for faulty door locks". Now every time I give somebody new a ride they asked me what is that loud noise? I tell them 'Oh, that's just my faulty door locks, let me just turn the radio up'. I used to love Honda.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #27

Sep 132013

CR-V EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,400 miles


The above link is a copy of a recent lawsuit brought forth in a NJ federal court, alleging that Honda knowingly covered up the issue of a design defect in relation to door actuator failure.

In part, when this locking/unlocking occurs it poses a safety risk to the operator and passengers of the vehicle since the door locking and unlocking features fail to operate correctly. In some instances, single or multiple doors on the Class Vehicles may not lock at any time, whether the vehicle is turned on or off, despite actions or commands by the operator. This jeopardizes the safety of Vehicle occupants by making them more vulnerable to potential crime, unintentional door openings during operation, and other risks that could have otherwise been avoided. This defect also renders the Class Vehicles and their contents vulnerable to theft when left unattended.

While I love everything about my CRV, this is a safety issue and not a cosmetic one. Apparently, Honda has not yet offered a suitable repair for this defect. Based on info found in other forums, even repaired and replaced actuators quit working soon after.

To add to this, but while my front passenger door automatically unlocks, it engages again when reaching speeds of 15 mph, which will undoubtedly wear out the locking system much quicker than normal due to constant locking and unlocking.

The average repair cost is between $350-450. I'm a working mom, and do not have the time nor financial resources to repair what Honda allegedly did not make consumers aware of in the 2007-2011 models. I have contacted the atty who filed the case to find out if there has been a settlement reached, as well as if this is a national - or international - issue. Obviously, this issue reaches all parts of the country...

- , Easley, SC, USA

problem #26

Jun 042013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,554 miles

The door locks randomly lock and unlock themselves when the car is in motion. When I use the key fob to lock the doors, the rear right passenger door does not lock at all. The rear left passenger door won't unlock with the key fob or the door switch unless you push it a bunch of times. The locks are unreliable and are a safety hazard!

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #25

Dec 122012

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

At approx. 60,000 miles the automatic door locking mechanism on my 2007 Honda CRV(rear left passenger door) started malfunctioning. Symptoms included: Door locked and unlocked itself at will, while car was in motion. It would also set the alarm off, at any given time of day, place, etc. It was also not possible to even keep this door locked in parking lots, due to this poorly engineered system. I would definitely consider this not only a major safety issue, but also a real let down on the part of Honda Motor Co. for not issuing a recall on these poorly designed power locks. Now approx. 20,000 miles later I am experiencing the same prob. with the right rear door? Come on Honda, man up and recall your junk!

- , Omaha, NE - Nebraska, USA

problem #24

Oct 292012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,107 miles

the front passenger door keeps unlocking then unlocks, and then when I hit 9 miles or under it keeps locking and unlocking constantly, it is very un safe, I never know if someone is going take my car or be sitting in it when I come out of a store. From what I read this is a major problem and very unsafe. This needs to be corrected as I have two kids that I don't want to be sitting up front and the door keeps unlocking.

What should I do...??? I can I get this fixed without paying out of pocket for this with money I don't have.??



- , Ramona, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

I am going crazy with the locking system on my car! The locks on my 2007 Honda CR-V randomly go off at will. When the ignition is turned off, I have to open the door at the very moment the key is turned to the off position or I'll be locked in my own car. If I have passengers in the car, I have to ask them to open the door at the same time I do so everyone can get out of the car. When I'm in parking lots, I can hear my car locks locking a couple of times as I walk into stores. As though this isn't annoying enough, the locking craziness can and will set off the factory installed alarm system. I took my car to our local mechanic who has always done honest work for us. He told us that the actuator needed to be replaced, and it could only be replaced and installed by a Honda Service Center. I hate Honda Service Centers b/c they always try to upsell you even when you ask them not to. I'll be lucky if I get out from this situation for under $500-$1000. This is craziness. I've never heard of car locks wearing out. I've always driven Hondas...this CR-V may be my last one.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I am so pissed...My stupid auto lock are malfunctioning...Whenever i drive it decided to auto lock...this loud annoying sound...can be heard from far away. Whenever i accelerate the noise (auto locking happens)...it is embarrassingly loud. In addition to the auto locking happening followed up by the loud noise....all my car door won't lock. Even if i manually press the button down my back driver side passenger door will NOT lock. This is faulty and HONDA needs to RECALL this faulty lock issue.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 102012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Locks started buzzing as I drove. Only affected door at this point is my rear driver side. Because I'm never back there I didn't realize it wasn't locking properly. Just realized today that when I hit "lock" twice on my key remote and hear the beep (which means locked and alarm is on) that the rear driver side door wasn't locking. That's horrible--I have kids and this is a safety issue. Also I can't leave any belongings in the car until its fixed. Come on Honda--its obvious a recall is in order for the faulty door lock parts.

- , Meridian, ID, USA

problem #20

Aug 062012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,858 miles

Two of my door lock and unlock themselves randomly, the front passenger door and the back driver side door.

Really annoying and scary, when you want your doors locked and they keep coming unlocked. Really aggravated that the dealer ship said it would cost around 400 dollars to fix. I don't feel like I did anything to cause this. I feel like this is a defect and they should correct this. This could be dangerous, especially when you have to put small children in the back seat of you vehicle.

- , Morgan City, LA, USA

problem #19

Sep 242012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,248 miles

I am very upset with American Honda not having my problem with the door locks as a recall when so many have had this problem on the Honda CRV 2007 which followed the Recall of the CRV 2006 with this same door lock problem. Thanks to my Wonderful Insurance Company GEICO and my extended warranty coverage only costing me $250.00. but I am still not happy in this economy and disappointed in the Honda.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 152012

CR-V LX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Both of the front door locks actuators are not working properly. Some times when you want to unlock the car the doors won’t unlock, in other occasions when you try to lock the car the doors stay unlocked. This is causing the alarm to arm itself and when you open the door the alarm goes off, the only way to turn it off is with the control remote. Some times the alarm gets armed while we are in the car and it won’t start due to the defective door latch actuators. It various occasions the doors remained locked while we were in the car. THE UNLOCK BUTTON DOES NOT UNLOCK the doors, even trying to unlock the lock MANUALLY WONT WORK. The actuators stay locked!!! I’m pretty sure the back doors will start failing too any time soon. This is definitely a SAFETY ISSUE. Honda needs to put out a recall to this problem right a way, or maybe they waiting until someone dies due to their poor parts' quality.

- , Ontario, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 162012

CR-V 5-drs 2WD SUV 4-CYL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


- , arcadia, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 142012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,004 miles

The power lock for the back side door started buzzing constantly. I took it to a mechanic who fixed it. Then the other side door started buzzing constantly and locking and unlocking all by itself. I didn't have another $300 to put into the car, so I told them just to disconnect the power locks and I would handle it manually. This is a bummer because it was connected to the back trunk of the CRV, which I also have to do manually now...which means I have to climb through the back of the CRV every time I open or close my back trunk. People wonder why I jump in and out of the back of my car, and I joke about how I thought that buying an expensive HONDA was such a great idea. Never again.

- , Dyer, IN, USA

problem #15

Jul 012011

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A rear passenger side door is malfunctioning. Within a second of unlocking the doors this door re-locks itself. So you we have to repeat unlocking several times for the passenger to be able to get in or exit the vehicle - very impressive when guest are riding in the car.

The problem has been happening for about 6 mos and was very annoying. Just within the last week the problem turned into the door not locking - so now the door is automatically unlocking. It is also making a lot of noise as we drive. I am not sure if it is trying to lock and unlock as we drive?

We are now going to have to fix the issue, since this has become a safety problem. Looks like a lot of others have the same issue as well. It would be nice for Honda to step up and do something about this issue, which is obviously a faulty part. I am sure it would cost Honda a pretty penny to recall and fix this issue...much easier for them to have the cars owners spend their hard earner money on something that is not their fault. My next car will not be a Honda.

- , Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #14

Dec 162011

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,962 miles

all my door locks are not functioning and yet i use a remote to lock the doors the plastics inner mechanisms just don't lock

- , Gaborone, Botswana, Botswana

problem #13

Apr 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

this is unsafe and I can't believe that the federal government has not got involved. First it was one door, now its two and now the back hatch wont unlock.( can't open it).

- , Mayflower, AR, USA

problem #12

Jun 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,432 miles

there was a recall on the automatic door locks for 2006 CR-V's.I have a 2007 CR-V and I suspect that some of these defective automatic door locks were installed on some of the 2007 models.I have (2) of my doors( front passenger and rear driver side ) that have gone bezerk.When I reach 10 miles a hour, when accelerating or decelerating, the door locks chatter loudly. I guess they are activating but not working correctly.The dealers said there is not a recall on this year model and never heard of this problem before.Honda vehicles are very well made vehicles, I would never expect anything like this from a Honda.Just one door, maybe ,but not (2) doors.First the front then the back.

- , Mayflower, AR, USA

problem #11

Jul 012011

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Front side passenger and passenger side rear door actuators stopped working and had to be replaced after around 68k miles. At first the dealer said this is normal wear and tear. I told him that was BS and that this is a known issue with CRVs and that Honda ought to pay for the replacement cost. One of the service guys called Honda and got the company to cover half the cost. Not totally satisfactory but $100 is better than $200. I expect the other two door locks will fail at some point. Becoming very disappointed with Honda quality over the last 10 years.

- , Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

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