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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,142 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2002 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 192003


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the front driver side door failed to open manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the door lock cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred two years after the repair. In addition, the key failed to turn in the ignition and remained stuck. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence where a private mechanic diagnosed that the entire ignition cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 022009


  • 108,504 miles
I had been having some problems with getting my key out of my ignition in my 2002 Honda CRV. Sometimes it would get stuck and not turn all the way off, I.e., the power would still be on but the engine was off. Recently the key would not come out of the ignition at all. I had to jiggle it and try to force turn it. I took it to my mechanic who had a locksmith work on the "tumblers". this solved the problem for about a week. Even with the work done, it happened again. I took it back to my mechanic and we had to replace the entire ignition lock system. The locksmith installed it and did not charge labor for the second job. After reading some of the reports about this problem with Honda CRV's, I am now concerned that the problem may be with the gear shift.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 182007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,825 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the air conditioning unit dispenses hot air. The dealer stated that the clutch on the air conditioning was burned. The contact also stated that the driver's seat is wobbly and not attached tightly and the air bag light automatically illuminates when it is bumped against. The dealer stated that a switch may be needed. The contact stated that when she removes the key from the ignition, the vehicle continues to move. She stated that none of the failures have been repaired by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 71,825.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 152005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Ignition key on removal from switch is very hot on many occasions

- Beaverda, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 192004


  • miles
Consumer received a recall notice for ignition switch interlock failure. However, no parts were available.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 022003

(reported on)


  • 29,000 miles
Consumer was able to remove keys from the ignition with the vehicle in the drive gear. As a result, vehicle rolled down a hill while parked. Dealership replaced master cylinder, but the problem recurred.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 282002

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,950 miles


Honda CRV allowed the key to be removed from the ignition when it hadn't been placed fully in park, it was in reverse. The car then rolled into the street and was hit by a car with 2 persons. This situation has been reproduced. Honda said there was a manufacturer defect on this part.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Oct 112002


  • miles
The reason for this report is that while driving on the interstate at approximately 55 miles per hour in the right hand lane. My engine just died as if the key was turned off. I coasted over to the shoulder of the interstate. It was very fortunate that I was not in a faster lane of this four lane interstate, as this could have very well caused a major accident. After I was stopped on the shoulder my ignition was still in the on position. I tried to restart my engine and it started so I proceeded on. I took it to my Honda dealer and they stated that they had never heard of this happening before. They put it on the computer plus test drove it and said the could not find anything wrong. I am very concerned that this could happen again and possibly being involved in an accident. I checked an automotive website forum and noticed a few other people with this same vehicle had experienced the same problem. Their dealers could not find anything wrong, either. Has anyone reported this problem to the NHTSA before?

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Consumer took key out of ignition and walked around to back to other side of vehicle and opened door on passenger's side, and vehicle begun to roll back. It rolled out of garage, down the driveway, across the street, and down an embankment, crashing into some trees. This created about $10,000 worth of damage to vehicle.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

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