A dangerous time for fashion.
Honda is one of the most trusted automotive manufacturers in the world, and despite the small reliability hiccup every now and then, has proven to build some of the most hardy vehicles the world has ever seen. The company celebrated its 73rd year of existence in style last year, but it seems that Honda is still stuck in the past. Literally. Tons of Honda vehicles from as far back as 2004, and up to 2012 have a strange issue with their GPS clocks, which get stuck at a certain time in the past. This issue appeared at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2022, and has left many Honda owners scratching their heads.
On the first day of the new year, thousands of owners of older model Hondas were sent 20 years back in time when the Euro became the official currency of the European Union's members, the Enron debacle was still in full swing, and George W. Bush gave his infamous "Axis of Evil" speech. The issue of the 2002 clock is widespread and affects a large range of Honda and Acura models, including the Honda CR-V, Civic, Accord, and Acura TL. Owners in Canada and the UK have reported the same issue. Various Honda owners have reached out to Honda, with a blanket response being similar to all. One owner from the Honda Ridgeline Owners Club received the following:
"We are aware of the issue. Our engineering team is currently reviewing to see if they can develop a counter measure. They've advised us the matter is related to the calendar and the problem manifested when the year rolled over. They've told us that it will resolve itself in August, but are seeing if they can correct it sooner."
Honda America also gave CR-V owners an explanation for the issue, stating that "We have escalated the NAVI Clock Issue to our Engineering Team and they have informed us that you will experience the issue from Jan 2022 thru August 2022 and then it will auto-correct. Please be assured that we will continue to monitor this and will advise you if a fix is available before that time."
This time reset takes the clock back exactly 1,024 weeks, which is a significant number, as Global Positioning Systems broadcast dates in binary digits starting from 0 to 1,023. These numbers roll over in week 1,024. The last rollover took place on April 6, 2019, and is scheduled to happen again in 2038. On August 16, 2017, Honda and Acura vehicles built between 1999 and 2004 had their clocks set back to the first of January 1999, at exactly 0:00. In every instance, the magical number 1,024 appears. The current issue should rectify itself by August of 2022.