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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System

uuWhen DrivinguVehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System  
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic  
Stability Control (ESC), System  
Helps stabilize the vehicle during cornering if the vehicle turns more or less than  
what was intended. It also assists in maintaining traction on slippery surfaces. It does  
so by regulating engine output and selectively applying the brakes.  
1Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control  
(ESC), System  
The VSA® may not function properly if tire types and  
size are mixed. Make sure to use the same size and  
types of tire, and the air pressures as specified.  
VSA® Operation  
When the VSA® indicator comes on and stays on  
while driving, there may be a problem with the  
system. While this may not interfere with normal  
driving, have your vehicle checked by a dealer  
When VSA® activates, you may notice that the  
engine does not respond to the accelerator.  
You may also notice some noise from the  
hydraulic system. You will also see the  
indicator blink.  
VSA® cannot enhance stability in all driving situations  
and does not control the entire braking system. You  
still need to drive and corner at speeds appropriate  
for the conditions and always leave a sufficient  
margin of safety.  
VSA® System  
The main function of the VSA® system is generally  
known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The  
system also includes a traction control function.  
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1Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control  
VSA® On and Off  
(ESC), System  
This button is on the driver side control panel.  
To partially turn the VSA® features on and off,  
press and hold it until you hear a beep.  
VSA® OFF Indicator  
With the  
button pressed, your vehicle will have  
normal braking and cornering ability, but VSA®  
traction and stability enhancement becomes less  
The traction control stops fully functioning,  
allows the wheels to spin more freely at low  
speed. The VSA® OFF indicator will also come  
In certain unusual conditions when your vehicle gets  
stuck in shallow mud or fresh snow, it may be easier  
to free it with VSA® temporarily switched off.  
When the  
button is pressed, the traction control  
function becomes less effective. This allows for the  
wheels to spin more freely at low speed. You should  
only attempt to free your vehicle with the VSA® off if  
you are not able to free it when the VSA® is on.  
To turn it on again, press the  
button until you hear a beep.  
(VSA® OFF)  
VSA® is turned on every time you start the  
engine, even if you turned it off the last time  
you drove the vehicle.  
Immediately after freeing your vehicle, be sure to  
switch VSA® on again. We do not recommend driving  
your vehicle with the VSA® system switched off.  
You may hear a motor sound coming from the  
engine compartment while system checks are being  
performed immediately after starting the engine or  
while driving. This is normal.  
uuWhen DrivinguLaneWatchTM  
LaneWatch is an assistance system that allows you to check the passenger side rear  
areas displayed on the audio/information screen when the turn signal is activated to  
the passenger’s side. A camera in the passenger side door mirror monitors these  
areas and allows you to check for vehicle, in addition to your visual check and use of  
the passenger door mirror. You can also keep the system on for your convenience  
while driving.  
Failure to visually confirm that it is safe to  
change lanes before doing so may result in  
a crash and serious injury or death.  
Do not rely only on LaneWatch while  
The system activates when you:  
The passenger side view  
display appears on the  
audio/information screen.  
Move the turn signal  
lever to the passenger  
Press the LaneWatch  
Always look in your mirrors, to either side  
of your vehicle, and behind you for other  
vehicles before changing lanes.  
Important Safety Reminder  
Like all assistance systems, LaneWatch has  
limitations. Over reliance on LaneWatch may result in  
a collision.  
The system deactivates when you:  
Pull the turn signal  
lever back.  
Press the LaneWatch  
button again.  
The LaneWatch function can be affected by weather,  
lighting (including headlights and low sun angle),  
ambient darkness, camera condition, and loading.  
The LaneWatch may not provide the intended display  
of traffic to the side and rear under the following  
Your vehicle’s suspension has been altered,  
changing the height of the vehicle.  
Your tires are over or under inflated.  
Your tires or wheels are of varied size or construction.  
Audio/Information Screen  
* Not available on all models  
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Customizing the LaneWatch settings  
You can customize the following items using the audio/information screen.  
Show with Turn Signal: Selects whether LaneWatch monitor comes on when  
you operate the turn signal light lever.  
The LaneWatch camera view is restricted. Its unique  
lens makes objects on the screen look slightly  
different from what they are.  
Display Time after Turn Off: Changes the remaining Lane Watch display time  
after you pull the turn signal lever back.  
LaneWatch display does not come on when the shift  
lever is in (R  
Reference Lines: Selects whether the reference lines appear on the LaneWatch  
Next Maneuver Pop up*: Selects whether a turn direction screen of the  
navigation system interrupts the LaneWatch display.  
Display: Adjusts display settings.  
For proper LaneWatch operation:  
The camera is located in the passenger side door  
mirror. Always keep this area clean. If the camera  
lens is covered with dirt or moisture, use a soft,  
moist cloth to keep the lens clean and free of debris.  
Do not cover the camera lens with labels or stickers  
of any kind.  
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Do not touch the camera lens.  
Reference Lines  
Three lines that appear on the screen can give  
an idea of how far the vehicles or objects on  
the screen are from your vehicle, respectively.  
If an object is near line 1 (in red), it indicates  
that it is close to your vehicle whereas an  
object near line 3 farther away.  
1Reference Lines  
The area around the reference line 1 (red) is very close to  
your vehicle. As always, make sure to visually confirm  
the safety of a lane change before changing lanes.  
The distance between your vehicle and lines 1, 2 and  
3 on the screen vary depending on road conditions  
and vehicle loading. For example, the reference lines  
on the screen may seem to appear closer than the  
actual distances when the rear of your vehicle is more  
heavily loaded.  
Consult a dealer if:  
The passenger side door mirror, or area around it is  
severely impacted, resulting in changing the  
camera angle.  
The LaneWatch display does not come on at all.  
* Not available on all models