2003 Honda CR-V hood opening while on...

2003 Honda CR-V hood opening while on highway

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Randy

New Bedford, MA

#1 Feb 4, 2007
Has anyone heard of this happening to anyone else? My wife had just filled her windshield washer bottle and closed the hood securly, she got up on the highway and the hood popped open and smashed the windshield and roof. She is very lucky to have not caused a hugh accident. Cars and trucks were swerving around her as she tried to get over to the sholder.

Has anyone sele heard of the CR-Vs hoods opening accidently?

I can't find any recalls, ect.

Thanks,

Randy
Kirt

United States

#2 Apr 28, 2007
My wife and daughters just faced this issue. In looking for recalls or bulletins I found your comments. Did you persue this issue with Honda? I'm going to cintact them today.
J Landis

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Oct 26, 2007
This happened to me last night. Any feedback from Honda? I wonder if it is a bad design of the latch?
TOM

Conshohocken, PA

#4 Nov 1, 2007
NO OPEN RECALLS FOR HOOD PROBLEMS.BUT THE CABLE MAY HAVE BEEN STUCK BACK FROM WHEN THE HOOD WAS OPENED AND DID NOT LATCH PROPERLY
Suzanne

Cedar Grove, NJ

#5 Nov 18, 2007
My daughter was driving on the highway when the hood flew up on our Honda Cr-v 2004. I contacted Honda in California and they sent me to the local auto dealer who had never heard of this before. I still have the latch and now I am going to contact Transportation Safety and see what they recommend.
sheela

Redford, MI

#6 Feb 19, 2008
I had just finished filling the windshield washer bottle and closed the hood before getting on the highway with my two young children in tow when my hood flew open and smashed the front window and blinding me as I tried to get to the side of the road. Luckily we were okay but am very interested if Honda has ever been notified of this by others.
shannon Sandersville Ga

Warner Robins, GA

#7 Jan 31, 2009
My hood flew up today unexplainably. It is a 2006 Honda CRV. I smashed my front window and hood. We were able to drive off on to the shoulder of the road.
Liz

Sarnia, Canada

#8 Feb 13, 2009
The same thing just happened to me with my 2006 CRV. I had filled the washer fluid reservoir and hours later the wind caught my hood and it smashed the front window. Does anyone know of any recalls by Honda, or been able to get Honda to be accountable for this?
Carrie

Newark, DE

#9 May 24, 2010
I just had the exact same thing happen today. We were in shock when the hood flew up and slammed into our windshield. Luckily my husband had good reaction skills, and managed to use his rearview mirrors to guide us from the left lane to the shoulder. I have a 2003 CRV. I feel very fortunate to be alive.
liner

Bronx, NY

#10 May 25, 2010
When you release the hood from the inside control, there will be a secondary, manual release handle, which must be released from under the front edge of the hood. If you can pull the hood up without releasing this manual latch, the hood latch assembly is defective.
Terri

Calhan, CO

#11 Oct 10, 2010
Same thing just happened to my daughter. Praise
God she is still alive with cars and trucks
going past her at 75 MPH
BugGirl

Atlanta, GA

#12 Dec 28, 2010
Same thing happened to me the other day while driving my 2003 Honda CRV - stopped to put windshield wiper fluid in my car, slammed down the hood and it looked closed. After driving a few minutes on the highway it flew up into the windshield. It was snowing and I had my daughter in the back seat. The road was a bit snowy and when we tried to slow down and get to the shoulder (hard when you can't really see out your windshield) we did a 360 in the highway across 2 lanes.... luckily nobody was close behind us and we were able to get to the shoulder without being hit. Seems like a bunch of us have had the same problem - I wonder if there is a problem with the CRV hood latch?
liner

Bronx, NY

#13 Dec 28, 2010
BugGirl wrote:
Same thing happened to me the other day while driving my 2003 Honda CRV - stopped to put windshield wiper fluid in my car, slammed down the hood and it looked closed. After driving a few minutes on the highway it flew up into the windshield. It was snowing and I had my daughter in the back seat. The road was a bit snowy and when we tried to slow down and get to the shoulder (hard when you can't really see out your windshield) we did a 360 in the highway across 2 lanes.... luckily nobody was close behind us and we were able to get to the shoulder without being hit. Seems like a bunch of us have had the same problem - I wonder if there is a problem with the CRV hood latch?
Check it easily, see post 10.
Janet

Oklahoma City, OK

#14 Aug 31, 2011
Oh my gosh! I had gotten a battery jump the week before and like all the stories above, the hood was totally down. I had driven 3 days since getting the jump. I was on the highway when all of a sudden the hood flew up and crashed into the windshiled. I was barely able to see at the bottom of the windshiled about an inch, enough to pull over. If it had happened at night, I am afraid to think about what kind of outcome this would have had. It was the scariest thing I had ever had happen!
Brian

Boston, MA

#15 Sep 6, 2011
THEY NOTED "CREASING" OF THE COATING ON THE HOOD SUPPORT ROD AT ABOUT WHERE IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CREASED HAD IT MISTAKINGLY BEEN INSERTED INTO THE SAFETY LATCH (THE SAFETEY LATCH HAS A U SHAPED AREA NOT UNLIKE THE SUPPORT ROD ROD HOLDER ON MY PREVIOUS CHEVIE S-10 PICKUP). I WAS TOLD THAT SINCE IT WAS NOT A WARRANTY PROBLEM I SHOULD CONTACT MY INSURANCE COMPANY AND FILE A CLAIM. HOWEVER, SINCE IT SEEMED TO ME TO BE A SAFETY MATTER, ONE WHERE I COULD EASILY HAVE BEEN KILLED, I DECIDED TO CALL HONDA CUSTOMER RELATIONS. THE HONDA SPOKESPERSON SAID SINCE SHE DEALERSHIP HAD DETERMINED THE LATCHES WERE OK AND BECAUSE IT WAS APPARENTLY DUE TO MISUSE ON MY PART THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO AND I SHOULD CONTACT MY INSURANCE AGENT. APPARENTLY THEY HAVE NOT HAD COMPLAINTS RE THIS PROBLEM, WHICH DOESN'T SUPRISE ME IF OTHERS WITH THIS PROBLEM WERE ALSO TOLD IT WAS THEIR FAULT AND "TAKE IT TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY". THE REALITY IS THAT IT IS A POOR, CONFUSING DESIGN. SIMPLY INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE SUPPORT ROD AT THE POINT WHERE IT WOULD COMPROMISE THE SAFETY LATCH WOULD PREVENT INADVERTANT ERRORS. THE OWNER'S MANUAL BRIEFLY MENTIONS THE SUPPORT ROD, BUT NO MENTION OF THIS POTENTIAL PROBLEM. I CONSIDER THIS A SERIOUS SAFETY PROBLEM.
Margaret

Oakland, CA

#16 Nov 5, 2011
My husband and I just had this happen to us. On November 4, 2011, we were traveling in our 2003 Honda CRV on Interstate 80 near El Cerrito, California, when suddenly and with absolutely no warning the hood flew up and slammed back into the windshield. We were both in shock for a couple of seconds; we could see absolutely nothing in front of us! My husband was able to move to the shoulder of the road only because traffic was light. If it had been rush hour, I am certain we would have been in a terrible accident. There has to be something wrong with the hood latches on these cars.
AC - Detroit

Westland, MI

#18 Dec 17, 2011
I have a 2006 CRV SE and on 12/12/11, my daughter and I were on the expressway headed into Detroit during rush hour and when suddenly with no advance warning the hood flew up and slammed against the front window. The impact caused the rear view mirror on the interior of the vehicle to fall to the floor, slowly I moved over to the shoulder unable to see a thing. Had to get the vehicle towed to a collision shop as the hood was bent and would NOT close at all.

Fortunately we were not injured but the damage to the vehicle cost $300.00 for repair - definitely a very unnerving experience, I think the folks at HONDA need to look into this issue.
Jen

Redondo Beach, CA

#19 Dec 17, 2011
On 12.12 to my shock, the hood to my CRV-2003 released in the wind and rain, flew back over 90 degrees and smashed the windshield while I was driving on the highway. While I was able to get to the shoulder of the road by complete grace/miracles and using my right side mirror while absolutely blinded by the hood, I still cannot believe that this occurred and having read the posts in this forum hope that other Honda owners might file a report with the NHTSA so that it might be something that can be investigated in case there is a mechanical or design flaw. I am so grateful to have not injured anyone else, or to have been injured when this occurred, and grateful for the safety of those to whom the same terrifying thing happened. I also thank you for sharing your stories which helped me process the traumatic shock of this having happened.
Erin

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#20 Mar 14, 2012
Same thing with my 2003 CRV. Is Honda taking any responsibility?
J enoch

Lawrenceville, GA

#21 Mar 19, 2012
I had the same experience on Georgia 400 3/5/12. God was me. I wonder if we should report this to the Honda Company.(Headquarters
Randy wrote:
Has anyone heard of this happening to anyone else? My wife had just filled her windshield washer bottle and closed the hood securly, she got up on the highway and the hood popped open and smashed the windshield and roof. She is very lucky to have not caused a hugh accident. Cars and trucks were swerving around her as she tried to get over to the sholder.
Has anyone sele heard of the CR-Vs hoods opening accidently?
I can't find any recalls, ect.
Thanks,
Randy

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