2022 Honda Ridgeline High Beams Issue

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints regarding problems with the automatic high beam headlights in the 2022 Honda Ridgeline. Vehicle owners are reporting that defective high beam systems do not function correctly resulting in dangerous visibility problems on the road.

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Is There a Problem with the Automatic High Beams?

The automatic high beam system in the 2022 Honda Ridgeline is a big problem. Sometimes they cycle on and off when there is no traffic ahead. At other times, they don’t dim when there are oncoming vehicles. Additionally, drivers report that instead of producing a steady beam of light, they often randomly fluctuate between high and low beams.

Even though it is a serious safety issue for Honda Ridgeline drivers and others on the road, dealers appear unable to help. Some say they cannot detect error codes while others simply maintain the automatic high beam systems are functioning normally.

What are Owners Experiencing with the High Beams System?

2022 Honda Ridgeline owners are complaining about high beam issues on forums and more officially to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Here are a few examples of what NHTSA complaints from various parts of the U.S. say.

An Owner from Richmond States:

“The Automatic High Beams do not always turn off when an oncoming vehicle approaches. There seems to be an issue with the way the system operates in general. They do turn on when expected. They stay on when they should be off. They shut off when they should be on. Dealer states that they do not detect any fault codes in the system and can not troubleshoot any further. Dealer loaned me a 2020 CRV that performed as expected under the same driving conditions. There seems to be a lot of complaints on the internet over the past couple of years. Surprised that Honda has not fixed this safety issue. Thanks!”

An Owner from Pennsylvania states:

“The automatic high beam system is very erratic. It fluctuates between high and low beam randomly on rural roads when it should be in steady high beam. It also randomly changes to high beam when oncoming vehicles are approaching causing the other driver to be blinded and flash their high beams. Vehicle has been in for service twice and the service center says the system is functioning as designed.

“I have a 30 minute video available which shows the erratic function as well as the high beam at oncoming traffic if needed. It is more than 3 GB large and exceeds your file limitations.. This is an ongoing problem that occurs whenever the automatic high beam function is activated. I only turned it on to get video documentation of the problem.”

An Owner from New Hampshire states:

“My vehicle has automatic high beam headlights. They do not function properly – they will cycle on and off when there is no traffic ahead or oncoming, but most seriously they often fail to dim when there is oncoming traffic. This issue appears to be endemic with the 2022 Honda Ridgeline, many users report the same.”

An Owner from NJ states:

“Automatic high beams do not go on. Gets dangerous when driving on dark roads.”

What Does Honda Say About Ridgeline High Beams Malfunction?

As you can see from the comments above, dealers sometimes say they are unable to detect fault codes and so cannot troubleshoot.

We delved a little deeper and found that owners of 2020 and 2021 Honda Ridgelines have exactly the same automatic high beam issues. The owner of a 2020 model logged a complaint with NHTSA stating that, “The dealership has been unable to find a fix for the problem.”

Another 2020 owner states in an NHTSA complaint, “I alerted my local Honda Dealership at a scheduled service but they stated there were no service bulletins in effect for the Automatic High Beam system, and therefore nothing they would do.”

The owner of a 2021 model warns of the potential danger of people getting injured. He says this might be because of the distraction from the light beams going off and on or possible road rage from other drivers thinking you are flashing them. But his Honda dealership had a different opinion.

“I brought my vehicle into the Honda dealership and they told me it is working properly. This is not true, because I previously owned a 2019 Honda Ridgeline and the Auto-dimming headlights worked perfectly.”

Another 2021 owner states in his complaint that he has taken his Ridgeline in for repair three times, to two different dealers, and contacted Honda Customer Service for advice.

“The dealers have the same response after each repair: We have no guidance from Honda (on) how to fix and cannot do anything. Honda Customer Service has not provided any solutions so I am forced to disable the feature to avoid the issue of flashing oncoming vehicles.”

What Should You Do if Your High Beams system is Malfunctioning?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating the 2022 Honda Ridgeline high beam headlight issues. It’s still early days since the 2022 Ridgeline has only been on sale since late September 2021.

If you have experienced problems relating to this issue, please consider contacting us.

All we need you to do is fill out our contact form or call us for a free case evaluation. It‘s not going to cost you anything because the law will make Honda pay the legal fees for your action.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Michael V

    I purchased a 2023 Honda Ridgeline black edition and have noticed the same problems noted on other posted columns here related to the use of auto headlights and erratic high beam function. I live in the country and use two lane county roads for travel from home. The coming winter months will require driving routinely in dark conditions. Of necessity I will make use of the manual operation of headlights in these conditions.

  • Bill E

    I have a 2022 Ridgeline and the auto high beam does not function properly. There is no telling when it will activates or won’t. I started to research who it could be corrected and can across this publication. I can’t believe Honda will not address the obvious flaw.

  • SS

    This is a real problem. I use this option in my Durango and it is flawless. Big problem in my Ridgeline. I paid for the black edition with is the supposed top end ridgeline but Honda did not deliver on top end products installed in it. Being the only truck they make, it surprises me they don’t deliver on it. Canada gets cooling seats and rear HVAC controls. Just not avail in US for ridgeline, HOWEVER it is avail in the pilot. Also have a problem with the wireless phone charger. Three options I didn’t think I’d like 2 of which I paid for and can’t use. C’mon Honda!

  • Robert L

    I have a 2020 Honda Ridgeline and am experiencing the same issues described above…erratic high/low beam switching, etc. My local Honda dealership refuses to address the issue, saying it cannot duplicate the problem during work hours….duh.

  • Craig

    I have a 2022 Ridgeline in June and noticed this shortly afterwards. I kept thinking it was just my imagination or OCD, but then a friend noticed it too. My wife has a 2020 CR-V and hers work perfectly.

    I hit a deer 3 months after owning. I can’t help but think now if the highbeams had been working properly would it have made a difference.

  • Tom V

    Just purchased a 2022 Honda Ridgeline. I’ve experienced the same issues with the auto high beam feature. The owners manual states the speed needs to be 45mph or higher to activate, which limits their usability on NH back roads. I’ve also had them come on with approaching traffic. We have a 2018 Honda CRV with auto high beams and they function well at all speeds. Contacted the dealer and they were not able to provide any additional guidance on the use of the feature.

  • Dwight

    I have a 2022 Honda Ridgeline touring with 5600 kilometres. It has the high beam issue and well as cargo light constant malfunction.

    It also displays high beams when not needed and shuts them off when they’re needed. I get people flashing me because my lights are on high.

  • Mark F

    The Honda Ridgeline high beam issue carried forward to the 2023 model year. My wife’s 2018 CR-V has automatic high beams that work perfectly. Honda refuses to recognize there’s an issue with the Ridgeline.

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