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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Opening and Closing the Tailgate

Opening and Closing the Tailgate  
Precautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
1Precautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
Always make sure individuals and objects are clear of the tailgate before opening or  
closing it.  
Be careful not to hit your head on the tailgate or to  
put your hands between the tailgate and the cargo  
area when closing the tailgate.  
Opening the tailgate  
Open the tailgate all the way.  
u If it is not fully opened, the tailgate may begin to close under its own weight.  
Be careful when it is windy. The wind may cause the tailgate to close.  
When you are storing or picking up luggage from the  
cargo area while the engine is idling, do not stand in  
front of the exhaust pipe. You may get burned.  
Closing the tailgate  
Do not allow any passenger in the cargo space. They  
may get hurt during hard braking, a sudden  
acceleration, or a crash.  
Keep the tailgate closed while driving to:  
u Avoid possible damage.  
u Prevent exhaust gas from leaking into the vehicle.  
2 Carbon Monoxide Gas P. 67  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuPrecautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
1Using the Tailgate Release Button  
Using the Tailgate Release Button  
Do not leave the key, remote transmitter*, or smart  
entry remote* in the luggage area before closing the  
tailgate.  
When all the doors are unlocked or press the  
tailgate unlock button on the remote  
transmitter, the tailgate is unlocked.  
Models with smart entry system  
Models without power tailgate  
Press the tailgate release button and lift open  
the tailgate.  
Even if you are not carrying the smart entry remote,  
you can lock/unlock the tailgate while someone else  
with the remote is within range.  
Models with power tailgate  
Models with power tailgate  
Release Button  
Press the tailgate release button for more than  
one second, and wait until you hear two  
beeps before you lift open the tailgate.  
u Releasing the release button within one  
second with one beep enables the power  
tailgate operations.  
You can change the power tailgate operation setting  
on and off.  
2 Customized Features P. 114  
2 Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
P. 143  
Models with smart entry system  
If you are carrying the smart entry remote, you  
do not have to unlock the tailgate before  
opening it.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuPrecautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
To close the tailgate, grab the inner handle,  
pull the tailgate down, and push it closed  
from outside.  
Inner Handle  
1Using the Remote Transmitter*  
Using the Remote Transmitter*  
If you have unlocked and opened the tailgate using  
the remote transmitter* or smart entry remote*,  
when closing, the tailgate locks automatically.  
Press the tailgate unlock button to unlock the  
tailgate.  
Tailgate  
Unlock  
Button  
Tailgate  
Unlock  
Button  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
The power tailgate can be operated by pressing the power tailgate button on the  
remote transmitter, pressing the power tailgate button in the driver side control  
panel, or pressing the button on the tailgate.  
3WARNING  
Closing a power tailgate while anyone is in  
the path of the tailgate can cause serious  
injury.  
The power tailgate can be opened when:  
The tailgate is fully closed.  
The shift lever is in (P  
.
Make sure everyone is clear before closing  
the power tailgate.  
The power tailgate can be closed when:  
The tailgate is fully open.  
The shift lever is in (P  
.
NOTICE  
Do not push or pull on the power tailgate when it is  
being automatically opened or closed.  
Forcibly opening or closing the power tailgate while  
in operation can deform the tailgate frame.  
When operating the power tailgate, make sure there  
is enough space around your vehicle. People near the  
tailgate may be seriously hurt if the tailgate hits or  
closes on their heads. Be especially cautious if  
children are around.  
The power tailgate may not open or close under the  
following conditions:  
You start the engine while the tailgate is  
automatically opening or closing.  
The vehicle is parked on a steep hill.  
The vehicle is swayed in a strong wind.  
The tailgate or the roof is covered with snow or ice.  
If you close the power tailgate with all the doors  
locked, the power tailgate locks automatically.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Remote Transmitter  
If you close the power tailgate when all the doors are  
locked, the power tailgate locks automatically.  
Press the power tailgate button for more than  
one second to operate when the power mode  
is in VEHICLE OFF (LOCK).  
If you replace the battery or the power tailgate fuse  
while the tailgate is open, the power tailgate may be  
disabled. The power tailgate resumes once you  
manually close the tailgate.  
To reverse direction while the power tailgate is  
in operation, press the button again. The  
beeper sounds three times and the tailgate  
reverses direction.  
Power  
Tailgate  
Button  
Installing aftermarket components other than  
genuine Honda accessories on the power tailgate  
may prevent it from fully opening or closing.  
Customizing when to open the tailgate  
Make sure the power tailgate is fully open before you  
get your luggage in and out.  
ANYTIME: The power tailgate unlocks and opens at the same time. This is the  
default setting.  
WHEN UNLOCKED: The tailgate opens when all doors are unlocked.  
2 Customized Features P. 100, 114  
Make sure the power tailgate is fully closed before  
you start the vehicle.  
The beeper sounds when you start driving while the  
power tailgate is still open, or closing.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Power Tailgate Button  
If the power tailgate meets resistance while opening  
or closing, the auto reverse feature reverses the  
direction. The beeper sounds three times.  
To open: Press and hold the tailgate button in  
the driver side control panel for about one  
second.  
The auto reverse function stops sensing when the  
tailgate is almost closed to make sure that it fully  
closes.  
u Some exterior lights flash and the beeper  
sounds.  
To close: Press and hold the tailgate button in  
the driver side control panel for about one  
second.  
u Some exterior lights flash and the beeper  
sounds.  
Do not touch the sensors located on both sides of the  
tailgate. The power tailgate does not close if you  
touch either sensor when you are trying to close the  
tailgate.  
Be careful not to scratch the sensors with a sharp  
object. If scratched, they can be damaged, and the  
power tailgate closing feature malfunctions.  
To reverse direction while the power tailgate is  
in operation, press the button again.  
1Power Tailgate Close Button  
Power Tailgate Close Button  
If you press the tailgate release button inside the  
handle while the tailgate is automatically opening or  
closing, the power tailgate operation stops. Use  
caution if the tailgate stops in the middle of either  
operation. It may suddenly swing up or down.  
Press the button on the tailgate to close the  
power tailgate.  
If you press the button again while the power  
tailgate is closing, it stops and reverses  
direction.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Auto-Closer  
Auto-Closer  
The auto-closer feature does not activate if you push  
the tailgate open button while the power tailgate is  
closing.  
If you manually close the power tailgate, it latches automatically.  
Do not put any force on the tailgate while the power  
tailgate is latching.  
automatically. It is dangerous to put your hands  
around the tailgate as it starts to latch itself.  
1Power Tailgate Fall Detection  
Power Tailgate Fall Detection  
If you try to manually close the power tailgate  
immediately after it fully opens, the power tailgate  
fall detection may activate  
Automatically lowers the power tailgate when there is a possibility that the fully  
opened power tailgate can fall down by its own weight (for example, by snow on  
the tailgate). The beeper sounds while the power tailgate lowers.  
Once the power tailgate fall detection activates, wait  
until the power tailgate fully closes. Keep away from  
the power tailgate when it is in motion.  
If the power tailgate fall detection constantly  
activates, consult at a dealer.  
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