Notes: While the 2009 CR-V still came equipped with tires that wear out faster than my Grandpa after a turkey dinner, Honda did address an electrical problem with the door locks that plagued owners of previous model years.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,826 miles

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2009 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2009 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Feb 052013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Driver door unlocks whenever the car makes a right turn. Dome light goes on. Door re-locks when stopping and starting, unlocks again when turning. In city traffic, door unlocks and relocks constantly. (making normal unlocking/locking clicking sound). I took it to the Honda dealer. They said they test drove it - said they could not duplicate the issue and tried to send me away. I requested that their mechanic ride with me for one more test...the door unlocked when I pulled out of the lot. It locked and unlocked three more times in the next 250 yards. The mechanic then agreed that there was a problem. Honda seems to be in denial.

- Upper Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 012013


  • 50,000 miles
The locking system on my 2009 Honda CRV has not been working properly for several months. The front and back passenger side door will lock and unlock by itself, the driver side front and back will make squeaking noises like it is trying to lock and unlock and the back door will not open at all whether it is turned off or running. I thought for sure that this would be a safety recall because the doors will lock and unlock by themselves and it would be very easy for a small child to open the door and fall out. My husband called the Honda dealership and told them about the issue and they admitted that it was a problem, however said that it was not considered a safety concern and recall has had not been put in place. They also said since it was no longer under warranty it would cost $400 per door to fix the locking problem. Basically they said that it was not a safety concern to Honda that at any given time my two-year old can be locked in the car without me being able to get her out or even worse opening the door while the vehicle is moving and be seriously injured or killed. I have been a Honda driver my entire life (7 cars total) and have never had anything bad to say about them until now. This is a very bad move on their part and have lost a very loyal customer.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 312013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) light illuminates when I have my cell phone plugged into the car charger. It stays on until I unplug the phone from the charger. This is ongoing and not just a one time incident. The car has been checked by a mechanic and the TPMS system is operational with no problem.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 042011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


This is a common problem in multiple model years for the Honda CRV. You cannot make it happen by doing something and you can go weeks without it happening. As you are driving the warning letters TPMS light up and the owner's manual tells you to immediately contact the dealer if this happens. I have taken the car to the dealer 4 times and also contacted Honda case # [xxx]. the dealer and Honda said the problem is radio frequency interference with the system and cannot be corrected. When the TPMS is lit the system is not working so you do not know if a low pressure in one or more of the tires is present. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 172010


  • 10,913 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. that contact stated that while sitting in the vehicle with the engine off the doors independently locked. The automatic door locks was not a feature on the vehicle. The dealer stated that because the battery life was low, it was sending a faulty signal to the remote causing the doors to lock independently. The dealer replaced the battery and within three months, the failure recurred. The contact called the manufacturer and was advised to take the vehicle back to the dealer so they could duplicate the failure. The contact stated that this was a safety concern since the keys could be locked inside the vehicle. The failure mileage was 10,913.

- Eagle River, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 132009


  • 200 miles
Bought a CRV Honda last month. Right after purchase, began getting large electrical shocks while opening or shutting doors--in a variety of shoes and clothing. Contacted dealership and corporate office--all they could say was to spray the seats and floors with fabric softener. Did so...lasted 7-10 days--not happy with vehicle for this reason--afraid to gas the vehicle due to the possibility of catching on fire.

- Carlsbad, TX, USA

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