Notes: 2011 Honda CR-V owners are reporting problems where the engine revs when braking.

Our data is showing early signs of a defect trend, so that's why we've flagged the 2011 CR-V with our "Beware of the Clunker" rating. Time will tell whether this continues to be a problem, & if so, whether Honda will be able to identify the problem & fix it.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,120 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.

2011 Honda CR-V electrical problems

electrical problem

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2011 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Feb 032014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I purchased my 2011 Honda CRV brand new from our local Honda dealership. I have been happy with it until last month. I began to notice that whenever I came to a stop or slowed down below 10 mph and then accelerated, my doors would make the locking sound even though they were already locked. It happens repeatedly as I slow down/stop and then accelerate. Then today (3/4/2014) the problem escalated. I came out of the grocery store and couldn't unlock the cargo door with my key fob. I noticed that the left passenger door didn't unlock as well. I pressed the button a few more times and they wouldn't unlock. The driver door, front passenger and right rear passenger doors did unlock. So then I pressed the unlock button on the driver door armrest but the cargo door and the left passenger door still didn't unlock. I had to put my groceries in through the right rear passenger door since the cargo door doesn't have a way to open manually from the inside, nor manually with a key from the outside. If this problem gets worse, this can pose a very serious safety problem. What if there's an emergency and your car doesn't unlock? I just did some research on the problem to see if it was something simple that could be fixed. A quick online search brought my attention to countless complaints of door lock failures on CRV's. seems this is an issue that's been going on for years (at least 2007-2011). I was shocked to find out Honda hasn't issued a recall. This is a widespread and serious problem! I called my Honda dealership to find out the approximate cost to replace the door lock actuators. This isn't a cheap fix! they would charge $180 labor for each door they would need to fix on top of the cost of each door lock actuator which ranges from $59 to $75 each, depending on which door the part is for. I would need 2, possibly 3, replaced so that would be about $500 to almost $750.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012013


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the locks malfunctioned and would not engage manually or by using the electronic key fob. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the actuator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 31,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 152013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while parked, the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The police and fire department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The fire department was unable to determine the cause of the fire. According to the report, there were flames coming from the front driver's side wheel compartment, under the hood and from the driver's side interior door panel, under the dash board area. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 242013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 39,500 miles


When unlocking the doors using the key fob the right rear door unlocks momentarily then relocks. When using the driver door lock button to unlock the doors the right rear door unlocks then relocks. When parking the vehicle and placing the shifter into the park position the right rear door unlocks then relocks. When using key to unlock vehicle from driver door handle the right rear door unlocks then relocks. When transporting children this is a safety issue that Honda should address. Reviewing complaints from other sources this is an ongoing issue with Honda crvs since 2003.

- Cottonwood, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jan 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Door locks:locking mechanism unreliable lock and unlock while driving failure to lock (have reviewed manual to ensure all in order, including battery in key and settings for auto lock and un lock).

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 302011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 22,500 miles
The low tire pressure sensor comes every month or two sine November 2011. I purchased the vehicle new in January 2011. I have taken it to the Honda dealer at least 5 times and get different reasons such as tire pressure is low, tire was repaired due to a nail, we couldn't find nothing wrong and we just reset it, and since you were driving in cold temperatures the light has a tendency to one. However, I took the car in just to weeks ago and was told that the tire pressures were low and somebody at work must have been deflating my tires which I find burden. Three days after this reset the light came on again. It just seem that they aren't willing to check the problem out thoroughly because I have 32kplus miles. I M willing to file a class action if possible.

- Fresno, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 302011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles


Static electrical shocking when existing the vehicle after the second day of owning the vehicle. Static electricity shock is more painful then ordinary static shock. Visited the dealer, stated that happens with the cloth seats and no real remedy for the static electricity problems. Suggested I buy anti static spray for the seats. Anti static spray helps the shock to a lesser degree, but does not last long. Painful shocks come back quickly after antistatic spray no longer working. During the rain season, the shocks were less, but the dry season is back and the shocks are becoming unbearable. Concern with intense shocks if they may place a person with a pacemaker defibrillator implant in danger.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 042011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 800 miles
Dead battery in 4 months.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 152011


  • 9 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CRV. The contact stated that the vehicle was started and the air bag warning light was illuminated and remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he was advised that the electrical line for the heated seats had illegal ally been sliced into the air bag electrical line. The contact stated that the vehicle was purchased without heated seats and the dealer was to install the heated seats. The dealer used a sub contractor to install the heated seat and repair the wire. The failure mileage was 9 and the current mileage was 1,000.

- Dingmans Ferry, PA, USA

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