really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,752 miles

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problem #12

Feb 122017


  • 19,746 miles
Strong gasoline smell in cabin of vehicle, causing head ache burning eyes and nausea while operating.

- Newhall, IA, USA

problem #11

Feb 282017


  • 3,900 miles
CR-V cabin intermittently fills with gasoline fumes, stong gasoline ordor causes extreme respiratory distress, including burning, coughing, and choking. Honda said they are aware of the issue and there is no fix at this time. I am afraid to drive the car and they offer no solution. It happens upon starting, idling, driving, it circulates through the cabin, closing the vents helps slightly, strong gasoline smell also very prominent coming from under the hood at times. You can also smell it outside the vehicle. It is so strong it forces you to open the windows to breath, and pull over and open the doors. I have had the vehicle in for service to fix the problem and contacted another Honda service department the dealerships and Honda America are aware of the issue but have no fix. I was told to call Honda America, I did and I was told they are aware of the issue and have offered no solution. The car is new 3900 miles and at first was told to drive it to burn off the smell, part of being a new car, but it is getting worse.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 022016


  • miles
At random times there is a strong fuel smell/ exhaust smell in the interior of the car when vehicle is running. Smell is noticed on some start up coming from vents. Other times while in motion or stationary, a strong fuel smell/exhaust smell in interior of vehicle. Odor first notice around August 2016 and still continues. Mileage on veh when first noticed around 15000

- Duanesburg, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 222017


  • 2,156 miles
The vehicle has a very strong smell of fuel (gasoline) in the passenger cabin after the engine has warmed up. It is especially strong when the car has been refueled, when the engine is warm and you are making frequent stops or are backing up. Honda service staff state Honda America is aware of the complaints with the 2016 CRV but they have not identified a problem nor do they have a fix. They did have me complete a questionaire at the dealership regarding the problem and they said Honda is having engineers look into the problem. In the mean time, the smell of gasoline can be so strong that it makes me nauseous and gives me a headache. I am quite sure breathing in the smell of toxic chemicals in a confined space is hazardous to a person's health and I am quite sure the head of Honda would not ride in a vehicle that wreeks of gasoline inside. I have had this vehicle 3 months and it has 2156 miles on it. In the beginning, I thought it was exhaust from cars in traffic around me. Then I thought I must have spilled gas on the gas when I filled the tank, but clearly it is not either of these issues. The gas smell is coming from the fuel system of the car and it not safe to ride in it. The garage smells like gasoline after the car has been sitting in it and turned off. The car does not usually smell like gas when I first turn it on or if I drive it a very short distance. When I drive to work (2 miles) and get out and it sits for 8 hours, I do not smell gas when I go home at the end of the day. It is when the car has been driven for 15 or more minutes and making multiple stops. The dealership said they have had other customers with similar complaints but no idea how to fix it. Meanwhile, I have a 3 month old $28,000 vehicle I cannot drive safely. Is there a way to meausure noxious fumes in the passenger cabin?

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #8

Feb 142017


  • 1 miles
Strong fuel smell in the cabin of the car when I first start driving. Been noticing it daily over past several weeks.

- Gilberts, IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 102017


  • 3,200 miles
Strong gasoline odor in cabin upon entering vehicle, while driving, or while idling. Happens when stationary, in motion, on city street, or highway. Can be dissipated by turning on the A/C or opening windows but will return after car is parked or vent fan is used.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #6

Jul 092016


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Honda CR-V. at various times, the contact encountered a strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Howard, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152017


  • 1,600 miles
On start-up and when backing up intermittently the vehicle has a strong smell of raw gasoline inside the cabin. The car has not been recently fueled (currently has 1/4 tank). Dealership says that Honda has issued no service bulletins or communications for this issue. Online postings, and NHTSA complaints, show other 2016 CR-V owners are reporting the same issue.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 092017

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
The vehicle cabin smells like gasoline while driving. There are no leaks anywhere, this is persistent. I looked on a Honda CR-V forum and saw many people have the same problem. The dealership is unable to fix it, Honda has done nothing. There was a class action law suit filed for this problem.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 132016


  • 50 miles
Upon initial start the entire cabin of the vehicle smells of raw gas, coming in through vents. This is especially worse when in reverse such as backing out of the driveway, also this is present when idling in park or drive, such as sitting at a stoplight. The smell is so strong you are forced to open the windows until the vehicle is moving again.

- Midway, GA, USA

problem #2

May 012016


  • 2,048 miles
Vehicle smells like gas inside the cabin at idle. Also fills garage with the odor when parked overnight.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 222016


  • 500 miles
The cabin of my brand new vehicle fills with gas fumes randomly while the engine is running. The fumes fill the cabin while idling, starting, and driving down the road. The fumes are very strong and I do not feel safe driving this vehicle for any distance. The Honda dealership service department and the Honda tech center are aware of the problem but do not have a remedy.

- Fox Point, WI, USA