really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,284 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was hit head-on by a mid-sized sedan which drilled my license plate back to the firewall. The driver's side airbag failed to deploy, despite the speed (me 45, her 20) and the driver's shoulder harness failed to restrain me. I crushed the steering column with my chest and had to be removed with the jaws of life. Honda sent a technician who declared a faulty seatbelt and faulty airbag sensor. The vehicle sustained over $15,000 damage, was fully repaired, although my insurance paid for it, not Honda. I sustained multiple soft-tissue injuries, broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. I continue with therapy almost three years later.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004


  • miles
Concerns regarding fires following oil changes in 2003 CRV. The passenger seat belt jammed and the drivers door lock failed.

- Western Springs , IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,995 miles
Involved in head-on collision with mid-size sedan, me - 35 mph, her - 15 mph. Car was impacted 2 in left of center of license plate (driver's side) driving radiator up through engine. Passenger's air bag deployed, driver's did not. Driver's shoulder harness failed. Driver received multiple contusions to face, chest, pelvis and sprained neck and upper & lower back.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003


  • 34,143 miles
Problems with front brakes on 2003 Honda CRV. There was a clunking noise coming from the brakes. When the dealer was notified the stated it was the characteristic of the SUV and there was nothing they could do. The dealer did replace the lower brake pad retainer clips as per service bulletin. The consumer was offered to drive another 2003 CRV to prove the noisy brakes were a characteristic of the vehicle. Consumer wasn't happy with this and would like some sort of discount or the dealer to pay off the vehicle. The seat belt wouldn't latch. Consumer had the throttle cable replaced to eliminate the noise but to no avail. Consumer was informed the noise will never go completely away.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

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