Brake, engine, and vehicle speed control issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The 2022 Honda HR-V is a fun SUV that’s designed to provide a nimble ride with all of the top tech features. The automaker suggests that it provides “relentless excitement,” but the thrills are causing some owners to visit the service center instead. Many people are complaining about glitchy electrical systems, lack of acceleration issues, and brakes that fail.
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Most Common Problems with the 2022 Honda HR-V
There are lots of complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the engine and powertrain, brakes, vehicle speed control, and the electrical system. But more specifically, lack of acceleration/deceleration issues top the list. Brakes must also be highlighted because there have been several reported crashes, some with injuries. Electrical system issues are very varied. They range from problems with the electrical braking system to multiple complaints that cite all the system failure messages they have received.
Other components and systems that have attracted complaints include airbags, forward avoidance clearance, the fuel/propulsion system, latches/locks/linkages, steering, structure, and visibility/wiper. Many complaints highlight more than one component or system, some of which appear to be related – others not.
Additionally, there is one recall and an open investigation that relates to the 2022 HR-V.
Recall Due to Faulty Rear View Cameras
The recall potentially affects 114,686 Honda Fit and HR-V manufactured between 2018 and 2022. The problem is that the rearview camera image doesn’t always display when drivers start the engine with a key. This is a design error in the audio display power circuit and may increase the risk of a crash.
Investigation Due to Loss of Motive Power
The investigation is the result of several early warning field reports that allege a loss of motive power for 2018-2022 Honda CR-V and HR-V vehicles. These allege that the vehicles lose power at highway speeds without any warning. According to the field reports, differential seal leaks result in rear differential lock-up as the cause of the loss of motive power. Some of the field reports allege that the rear differential lock-up caused driveshafts to fracture while vehicles were in motion, resulting in vehicles being towed from the scene.
The NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened the investigation on November 28, 2022. By the end of August 2023, it was still open. This means they were (presumably) still determining the scope and severity of the problem. Their mandate was also to “Fully assess the potential safety related issues.”
Meanwhile, issues relating to a loss of motive power continue to be reported to the NHTSA by 2022 Honda HR-V owners. Clearly, it’s impossible for us to gauge whether these consumer issues are related to the ODI in question.
2022 Honda HR-V Complaint Summary
|Complaint Category||Number of Complaints|
|Vehicle Speed Control|
|Unknown Or Other|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking|
While brake complaints were top of the NHTSA list in September 2023, some of these seem to be more electrical in nature. Here we’re going to look at those that report brake failures, including those that specify problems with the electrical braking system.
An owner from Illinois states that the braking system failed and the 2022 HR-V crashed into a building. The police inspected the SUV, but it was totalled, so there was no way to assess the cause. Fortunately, no-one was injured in the crash.
In another crash that destroyed an HR-V, the airbags didn’t deploy and the driver was injured. The complaint states that this was a recurring problem. On the first occasion, the owner was driving at 60 mph when she depressed the brake. The SUV didn’t stop, but “slid on the road.” A few weeks later, while driving at 35 mph, the brakes failed completely, and she rear-ended another vehicle. This is when she was injured.
An owner from Pennsylvania states that there were issues with error lights and the reverse function a week after purchase. Eventually the problem appeared to be related to the electrical braking system. “I was driving with an infant in the car. Someone needs to investigate why this happened and how to fix it before people end up in an accident.”
An owner from Virginia states in an NHTSA complaint that the check engine light came on while driving at 65 mph. It also displayed that the electric emergency brake was unavailable. Then the “vehicle stalled and lost power steering and braking functionality.”
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Issue with Acceleration and Deceleration
We’ve mentioned the recall that relates to a loss of motive power. Whether the issues are the same or not, there are several complaints to the NHTSA that talk about deceleration as well as a lack of acceleration. There is also a complaint that blames “unintended acceleration” for an accident! All are listed as either engine or electrical system problems.
An owner from California describes how the “SUV decelerated rapidly while driving uphill on the grapevine in Los Angeles. I was driving 70 mph and then the SUV’s speed just started to drop and I was pressing down hard on the accelerator. This may have been an issue with the engine or the transmission. My daughter and I could have been seriously injured or killed since we were surrounded by cars going 70+ mph and no one could have expected our SUV to decelerate so quickly on this stretch of highway.” The dealer was unable to replicate the problem.
An owner from Vermont states that while driving at about 40 mph and “attempting to accelerate the vehicle failed to respond.” It stalled before he could shift into gear. At the time, “the brakes, check engine, and several unknown warning lights were illuminated.” According to the complaint, this was the fourth time this had happened!
From Too Little to Too Much Acceleration
In contrast, an owner from Texas crashed because of unintended acceleration. This was 10 days after taking possession of a new 2022 Honda HR-V Sport.
“The vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning at high speed. The hard-hitting impact resulted in damage to the front of my vehicle. The building supplies on the driveway took the full impact of the accident. Otherwise, the vehicle could have crashed through the garage door and hit another vehicle.” The complaint adds that while this could have resulted in serious injury or even death, “American Honda denied my claim to replace ECU and repair body damage to the vehicle after examination.”
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