really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,792 miles

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problem #16

Aug 022013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. while depressing the brake pedal at 55 mph, a squeaking noise emitted from the vehicle. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the inside of the brakes were corroded and the disk and routers were warped and needed to be replaced. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pad shattered and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred a third time where the vsc and anti-lock brakes failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Whitewater, WI, USA

problem #15

Aug 232016


  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2006 Honda CRV with less than 40000 miles. Upon starting the car the vsa and ABS indicator lights came on and would not go off until the engine was turned off. There were no accidents or any noticeable problems with the vehicle while driving on city street under good conditions as we took car to the Honda dealer, and was told the vsa module needed to be replaced at the cost of $2,600. Plus pus a charge of $110. For diagnostic test which had to be done. I feel this should be a safety issue, and should warrant a recall. Thanks Honda for all your support. Buy american

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #14

Jul 012016


  • 32,700 miles
I own a 2006 CRV with under 33000 miles, I take very good care of this vehicle as I'm the original owner. So all of a sudden while driving on the highway my vsa, ABS, engine, tps (triangle explanation point symbol) and brake light come on. I take it to the dealer and I'm told the vsa module needs replacing! costing $2400. Wow! that's expensive. I think this part should be investigated considering the severity! this part is vital and how has $2400 burning a whole in there pocket? please help! this is so frustrating!

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jun 142016


  • 102,000 miles
The vsa and ABS lights on my 2006 CR-V came on upon starting and stayed on until the engine was stopped. This happened every time the car was started. My Honda dealership diagnosed the problem to be a faulty ABS modulator unit. The stated replacement cost is $2,400, including labor. I feel that this defect is essential in ensuring the overall safety of this car. The weight of the car is significant enough that an uncontrolled skid is much more likely to end in disaster than a skid that is stopped with the vsa and ABS function working properly. Living in central Ohio, the ABS and vsa functions are used frequently - especially in the winter. These key safety features were a top priority in my decision to buy this car. While the car's life expectancy is touted to be around 300,000 miles, it is unforgivable for such a significant safety function to fail at only 102,000 miles. I feel that Honda should recall these cars and replace the vsa modulator unit entirely at Honda's expense. And for those of us who have already paid for the repair - reimburse the full amount of the repair! the car without vsa and ABS is not at all the same "as advertised" when sold new!

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 102006


  • 13,000 miles
Recurring issues since purchase new in February 2006: 1. low beam headlights burn out prematurely, regardless of bulb type, etc. 2. brake pads & rotors- rotors had to be turned every 15K then replaced every 30K when using Honda parts; at 90K, changed to replacement parts and not Honda parts; mileage is currently 186,000 and still on same set. Reporting issues for consumer reference as Honda dealership was not helpful from day 1 so found an excellent shop to handle everything except recalls. Reported because experiencing same headlight issues as complaint 10809120. Date is approx based on when issues began.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 142013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. after starting the vehicle, the vehicle stability control and anti-lock brake warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake module assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000. Updated 11/18/15 updated 11/18/15.

- Bakersville, NC, USA

problem #10

Aug 272015


  • 114,000 miles
ABS and vsa lights came on. Took the vehicle to dealer and was told the ABS modulator needed replacing. My cost would be $2450. Since this component controls brakes and stability it seems to me to be a safety issue and therefore subject to a recall.

- Lima, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while parked, all the instrument panel warning lights independently illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake pressure sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 12/17/14 updated 06/2/2015

- Preston , CT, USA

problem #8

Aug 042013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The vsa and exclamation light came on one day right when I started the car and has never turned off. My mileage was approximately 44,000 miles. Took it to the Honda dealer and confirmed the ABS module needs to be replaced. Part+labor = $2400+ (excluding tax). Called U.S. Honda manufacturer and they will pay 25% for the part. That still is expensive. I'm reading off on the web that countries in the uk and Canada, that Honda has paid the part in full. Here in the U.S. they don't recognize this as a defect. This part is a huge safety issue. A local mechanic says I should not drive this where it snows. If there's sand, the car will be stuck. Another mechanic said there could be a short. Honda manufacturer never advised me of this or if it's safe to drive or should be replaced right away. Coming from family who buys mostly Honda's, I will not buy another Honda again. I was looking at a Odyssey, but saw it had a huge vsa issue as well. Sometimes I wonder if it was an electrical issue because a few times the cruise control light turns on once the car is turned on. Have never used cruise control. Never driven in bad weather and avoid heavy rain. Driven only few times per week and carefully in mostly local short distances.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. while driving approximately 45 mph, the ABS and stability control warning indicators illuminated. The triangle exclamation icon also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that the vsa modulator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 192012


  • 20,000 miles
My anti lock brakes have stopped working, and the vehicle stability control does not work. I have a 2006 CRV with only 20,000 miles on it at the time this happened. Honda told me it is over 2000 to fix and it is not under warranty and will not be recalled. They suggested that it isn't a safety issue, and that I don't need to get it fixed. I think this should be recalled, since my brakes will not work in snow, ice or rain and I live in Wisconsin (where the weather will lock my brakes up) thank you

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #5

Jul 282013


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CRV. The contact stated that when the ignition was started, the ABS and vsa warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they informed the contact that the ABS modulator control unit would need to be replaced. The manufactured part was ordered and the contact was advised that the part would become available within three weeks. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Old Chatham , NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 172013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 99,972 miles
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) vehicle stability assist (vsa) warning lights suddenly came on. I immediately took the vehicle to the Honda dealer (grappone Honda, bow, nh) who inspected the vehicle and they indicated that the ABS modulator control unit had a defective internal valve and failed. The dealer indicated that the car ABS system was no longer operational, and this also disabled the vsa (vehicle stability) system, thus making the Honda CR-V more susceptible to roll-overs. The dealer indicated that New Hampshire department of safety is currently contemplating requiring ABS system operation to pass annual safety inspections, but that the Honda CR-V could currently be driven without an operational ABS braking system. The Honda dealer indicated it would cost $2,050 to repair the ABS modulator control unit and that it would take days to order the part and further additional days to schedule repair once the part was at the dealer. I reviewed safercar.gov information and discovered that this Honda ABS/vsa system problem has occurred on other Honda Cr-vs. An assessment of available internet information indicated approximately 55 cases of Honda ABS modulator control unit failures. Since ABS (and vsa) is so central to safe car operation, I ask that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration act to address this recurrent Honda CR-V braking system ABS modulator internal defect. This is particularly important in light of the ABS/vsa system's impact on Honda CR-V braking and stability safety. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Canterbury, NH, USA

problem #3

Sep 282012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
As I was parking my car, it suddenly and without warning lurched forward full throttle out of control over the parking barrier and curb and through a storefront window. I tried to stop it as my foot was on the brake the whole time, but I could not, and it lodged itself into a drywall counter and side wall.(it was later found out that there was a 600 pound safe on the other side of the counter, which probably stopped the car) I shut off the ignition and yelled for help. I was covered in glass and injured my shoulder, neck, upper back and right leg. I had just had the accelerator pedal position sensor and rear brake pads replaced at the Honda dealership 6 days prior to this. My car was maintained there regularly. It is fortunate nobody was killed. The incident was caught on the security tape.

- Elmira, OR, USA

problem #2

Jul 102012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that when the brake was applied the ABS system would lock, causing the stabilizer system to fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that the vsa module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Hillsborough , NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 062012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Steering locked up and driver lost ability to steer. Vehicle moved to left. Driver tried to brake but brakes failed. Witnesses described vehicle lurching to left and seeing brake lights come on but vehicle did not slow down. Car hit a street lamp and bounced to the right. Side airbags deployed. Front left wheel fell off the car. Driver sustained a mild concussion. Note that Honda has issued a recall for some 2006 CR-V's related to suspension which could cause loss of steering (Honda recall 12-020). This vehicle was not included in the recall but the incident seems very similar to the recall issue.

- Sparks, MD, USA