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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,834 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Honda CR-V seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 122011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


In early November, 2011 a camaro ran a red light, and our 2005 Honda CR-V crashed into the camaro. Both of us were going about 30 mph. The front and driver side air bags all successfully deployed, however, the steering wheel airbag burst open and I got secondary burns to both my left and right wrists. The sleeves of my jacket-coat were fried stiff. The primary purpose of the airbag saved my life, but the malfunction of it bursting open, producing secondary burns, can probably be something that they can improve on.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 152011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The airbag malfunction light came on intermittently. The dealer said they could only diagnose it when it was lit. It came on again near another dealer so we detoured there. They said it just needed to be reset. When I picked up the car I drove about 3 miles and the warning light came back on. I returned to the dealer. They said that there was a short in the controller board and the unit needed to be replaced. They replaced the entire airbag unit ($1300) and sent me on my way. About 2 miles from the dealership, the airbag warning light came back on. I returned to the dealer and the car remains there while they attempt to actually correct whatever is triggering the warning light.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 242011


  • 155,000 miles
On January 24, 2011, I was in an accident involving 3 cars. I rear ended a cavalier, which in turn rear ended the vehicle in front of it. I hit the car at approximately 40 mph. With no brake applied upon impact. No air bags deployed upon impact. The seat belt restraint retrained me from hitting the windshield but significant bruising and strain occurred from hitting the steering wheel. This is the 2nd rear ending that has happened with this vehicle and the air bags did not deploy at either occasion. Currently, the vehicle is in the shop for repair with initial estimate of $6500 in repairs, with supplemental repairs as well. One of the supplemental repair was the driver seat belt restraint that is now overextended, thus causing a icon to display on the dash control panel. The driver seat belt will no longer retract and must be replaced by the auto body shop. Significant front end, head on damage occurred to the vehicle. The front bumper and metal bumper supports were crumpled back towards the engine. The welded metal enclosure around the engine assembly was pushed back significantly, as well as the radiator and cooling condenser. The hood was crumpled back towards the windshield. The front bumper and grille were demolished and came off the vehicle upon impact. The air bag should have deployed and would have saved me from significant bruising and strain from the impact of the steering wheel. I am extremely concerned about my safety once the car is returned to me.

- White Hall, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 252006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,007 miles


I had just come off the highway and turned onto a state road. I was slowing down for the upcoming intersection, when suddenly the car started speeding out of control and the brakes could not stop my car from slamming into the car in front of me. After the crash, the woman I hit pulled over to the side of the road. I put the car in drive with my foot on the brake and the car revved wildly. This was later noted by the woman I hit, as well. In desperation I turned the key off and let the car roll to the side of the road. The firemen disconnected the battery for safety. When the tow truck driver came, he reconnected the battery cables and the car started itself up and began to rev. The driver said he had never seen anything like it before. I have his name and number. The airbag never deployed and I was fortunate to only receive whiplash and my dog seems ok. The other driver has back problems but was fortunately driving a Nissan xterra that did not get nearly the damage my car received. I am just so thankful that my children were not in the car, and that there were no pedestrians or children in front of me.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 042006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver air bag failed to deploy after crash.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph vehicle was involved in a front end collision, by rear ending other motorist. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. No live threatening injuries were sustained due to the use of seat belt, just minor injuries.

- Moneta, VA, USA

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