Update: As of August 17, owners are reporting their time’s are self-correcting, but not their dates. (see our blog post about it linked here.) Per their clock repair procedure, if your date does not self-correct there’s no solution to that.
Visit DidHondaFixTheClocks.com to see/download the clock repair procedure.
Honda and Acura owners around the world are reporting, as of the New Year, their date and time are incorrect, dates are stuck on January 1, 2002, and they can no longer manually or automatically adjust their time.
From what I’ve seen, Hondas and Acuras as old as 2004 are affected.
There are a handful of models not reporting any issues, including the latest generation of each model, 8th and 9th gen Honda Civics in the UK and 4th gen Honda CR-Vs.
Here’s a photo from an Accord owner, date stuck on January 1, 2002.
Here are model-specific threads from owners discussing this world-wide issue.
- Acura TL owners
- Acura RDX owners
- Acura MDX owners
- Honda Accord owners
- Honda CR-V owners
- Honda CR-Z owners
- Honda Fit owners
- Honda Insight owners
- Honda Odyssey owners
- Honda Pilot owners
- Honda Ridgeline owners
Affected Honda and Acura owners report similar issues, their date, and time are wrong and no longer update automatically.
And, when owners do try to manually adjust time and date, their date reverts to a certain date in 2022 (often January 1, 2002) and time jumps back to a specific hour. Time shown on the navigation and stereo unit also do not match.
There’s evidence of model specific time problems. Honda Pilot owners seem to only report their time is off by one hour.
No firmware or DVD navigation update seems to work.
Pulling a battery cable or fuse to reset your system also does not work.
There is one case of a 2009 Honda Accord owner reporting their date and time appears unaffected, citing a navigation DVD update from 2016. If you’re affected, knowing this one case, I would not get my hopes up.
Official Honda Responses
Honda USA– “We have escalated the NAVI Clock Issue to our Engineering Team and they have informed us that you will experience 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.”
Honda UK– “We have just received some more information regarding this and were advised that the Honda technical department are currently working on this. Once there is a fix for this issue Honda authorized dealers will be made aware of it and will be able to assist with this at that point.“
“As such, it would be best to check with your local Honda authorized dealer for any updates as they would have the latest information for this and will be able to assist once the fix is released. They can also contact the Honda technical department for additional assistance with this if necessary.“
The best explanation of what’s happening is from Drive Accord forum member Jacalar. After poking around in his Accord’s Navigation systm diagnostic menu, he discovered his GPS date was set 1024 weeks back, or May 19, 2002.
“This is actually a GPS Epoch issue,” Jacalar says. “Going into the “hidden” diagnostic menu on Sunday, I discovered the GPS date was now “May 19, 2002″. That date was exactly 1024 weeks ago (1024 = 2^10) We jumped forward an hour due to May being in daylight savings time.”
“Many GPS devices only work on a single 1024-week span and will no longer show an accurate date once the week count rolls over, regardless where that roll over falls,” 2012 Honda Accord HFP further clarified.
This has happened with Hondas before. On August 16, 2017, Honda owners reported their clocks zeroed out to 00:00.
Likely an issue with the head unit
As mentioned by the above Honda CR-V owner, this is likely a coding issue that is head unit specific.
Honda and Acura head units are receiving the correct signals for date and time from GPS satellites or manual input and, due to a technicality of how date and time is digitally stored, cannot store a specific date and time past Dec 31, 2021.
Most likely, Honda is working with their head unit suppliers to come up with the best solution.
We’ll hear an update from Honda soon, as this is a global problem.
A fix may come in the form of a recall and updated discs, or as they mentioned, it will self-correct by August.
I’d also monitor forums, as unofficial fixes from affected owners are sure to come.
If you’re affected, hang tight and don’t count on relying on your Honda and Acura for the date and time for several months.
I encourage you to bookmark and visit DidHondaFixTheClocks.com for the latest information.