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NHTSA opens investigation into 2018-2022 Honda CR-V and HR-V over reported loss of power

A leaking differential seal could be to blame, resulting in shredded driveshafts

December 2022 – — Honda could be facing a massive recall if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s inquiry shows a problem. Earlier this week, the NHTSA announced a probe into the automaker after receiving several reports of Honda vehicles losing power at highway speeds.

Reuters reported that the NHTSA investigation involves more than 1.7 million Honda CR-Vs and HR-Vs from between 2018 and 2022. Reports claim that all-wheel drive variants of the SUVs experience rear differential lockups at speed, causing a driveshaft fracture and loss of power. A leaking differential seal has been identified as a potential culprit….. MORE >>

NHTSA Investigation: PE 22-011
Date Opened: 11/28/2022
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Products: 2018-2022  Honda CR-V & HR-V
Potential Units: 1,720,768 (Estimated)
NHTSA Investigation Document

Problem Description:
Reports allege that the loss of motive power is caused by differential seal leaks resulting in rear differential seizure.

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) has received several EWR field reports alleging a loss of motive power for Model Year (MY) 2018-2022 Honda CR-V and HR-V vehicles. The field reports allege that the loss of motive power occurs at highway speed with no warning.

The field reports cite differential seal leaks resulting 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 the driveshaft to fracture while the vehicle was in motion resulting in the vehicle being towed.

ODI is opening this Preliminary Evaluation (PE) to determine the scope and severity of the potential problem as well as to fully assess the potential safety related issues.

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