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2019 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.  
3WARNING  
Anyone caught in the path of a tailgate  
that is being opened or closed can be  
seriously injured.  
Models without power 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.  
Make sure that all people are clear of the  
tailgate before opening or closing it.  
All models  
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. 94  
Be careful not to hit your head on the tailgate or to  
put your hands between the tailgate and the luggage  
area when closing the tailgate.  
When you are storing or picking up luggage from the  
luggage area, or using a forward and back kicking  
motion under the centre of the rear bumper for  
hands free access*, while the engine is idling, do not  
stand in front of the exhaust pipe. You may get  
burned.  
Do not allow any passenger in the luggage space.  
They may get hurt during hard braking, a sudden  
acceleration, or a crash.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuPrecautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
1Precautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
Models with 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, pressing the outer handle or button on the tailgate, or by raising and  
lowering your foot under the centre of the rear bumper for hands free access.  
Models with power tailgate  
3WARNING  
Opening or closing a power tailgate while  
any part of a passenger is in the tailgate’s  
operating path can cause serious injury.  
Make sure all passengers or objects are  
clear of the tailgate operating range  
before opening or closing the tailgate.  
Continuously variable transmission models  
The power tailgate can be opened/closed when the transmission is in (P.  
Manual transmission models  
The power tailgate can be opened/closed when the parking brake is applied.  
WARNING: Always take the ignition key with you  
whenever you leave the vehicle alone or with other  
occupants.  
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.  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuPrecautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
1Precautions for Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
Models with power tailgate  
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 and  
some exterior lights flash.  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Using the Hands Free Access  
Using the Hands Free Access  
During heavy rain or in other instances when the  
vehicle becomes very wet, the sensor may not  
properly detect your foot motion.  
Use a forward and back kicking motion under  
the centre of the rear bumper to open or close  
the power tailgate while carrying the keyless  
remote.  
u Some exterior lights flash twice, then the  
tailgate begins to move.  
When performing work on or around the rear section  
of the vehicle, you may inadvertently open or close  
the tailgate.  
To prevent this from happening, select Customized  
Features on the audio/information screen and then  
select OFF for the feature.  
2 Customized Features P. 413  
If you hold your foot under the bumper for too long,  
the power tailgate does not open or close.  
This function will not operate if you don’t have the  
keyless remote on you. Please make sure you have  
the keyless remote on you.  
The duration of the kicking motion should be  
approximately one second.  
1 sec.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Using the 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).  
u Some exterior lights flash three times.  
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.  
If you press the button again while the power  
tailgate is moving, it will stop.  
Press the button for more than one second,  
and the power tailgate will reverse direction.  
Power  
Tailgate  
Button  
Installing aftermarket components other than  
genuine Honda accessories on the power tailgate  
may prevent it from fully opening or closing.  
Make sure the power tailgate is fully open before you  
get your luggage in and out.  
Customizing when to open the tailgate  
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. 405  
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*  
Using the 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 or close the power tailgate, press the  
power tailgate button for about one second.  
u Some exterior lights flash three times.  
The auto reverse function stops sensing when the  
tailgate is almost closed to make sure that it fully  
closes.  
If you press the button again while the power  
tailgate is moving, it will stop.  
Press the button for about one second, and  
the power tailgate will reverse direction.  
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.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Opening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Using the Tailgate Outer Handle  
Do not leave the key in the vehicle when you get  
out. Carry it with you.  
If you press the outer handle of the tailgate for  
no longer than one second, the tailgate opens  
automatically.  
u If you want to open the tailgate  
manually, press the button for more than  
one second.  
Even if you are not carrying the keyless remote, you  
can unlock the tailgate while someone else with  
the remote is within range.  
Do not leave the keyless remote inside the luggage  
area and close the tailgate. The beeper sounds and  
the tailgate cannot be locked.  
2 Opening and Closing the Tailgate P. 192  
Outer Handle  
You can change the power tailgate operation setting  
on and off.  
2 Customized Features P. 405  
If you are carrying the keyless remote, you do  
not have to unlock the tailgate before  
opening it.  
To close the tailgate, press the outer handle  
again while the tailgate opening.  
If you press the outer handle again while the  
power tailgate is moving, it will stop.  
Press the outer handle, and the power tailgate  
will reverse direction.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
Using the Tailgate Inner Button  
Press the button on the tailgate to close the  
power tailgate.  
If you press the button again while the power  
tailgate is moving, it will stop.  
Press and release the button again, and the  
power tailgate will reverse direction.  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Power Tailgate*  
1Programming Tailgate Position  
Programming Tailgate Position  
If the tailgate is only slightly opened, the position  
cannot be programmed, even if you push the inner  
button.  
The extent to which the power tailgate  
automatically opens can be programmed.  
To program:  
1. Open the tailgate to the desired position.  
u If you want to reprogram the power  
tailgate to open all the way, manually  
raise the tailgate to its upper most  
position and follow the next step.  
2. Press and hold the tailgate inner button  
until you hear short two beeps following  
one long buzzer.  
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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 outer handle 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.  
manually close the tailgate and let it latch  
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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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Tailgate  
Opening/Closing the Tailgate  
1Using the Outer Handle  
Using the Outer Handle  
Models with keyless access system  
When all the doors are unlocked or press the  
tailgate unlock button on the remote  
transmitter, the tailgate is unlocked.  
Press the outer handle and lift open the  
tailgate.  
Do not leave the keyless remote in the vehicle  
when you get out. Carry it with you.  
Even if you are not carrying the keyless remote, you  
can unlock the tailgate while someone else with  
the remote is within range.  
Do not leave the keyless remote inside the luggage  
area and close the tailgate. The beeper sounds and  
the tailgate cannot be locked.  
Models with keyless access system  
If you are carrying the keyless remote, you do  
not have to unlock the tailgate before  
opening it.  
Outer Handle  
To close the tailgate, grab the inner handle,  
pull the tailgate down, and push it closed  
from outside.  
Inner  
Handle  
If you close the tailgate when the driver’s door  
is locked, the tailgate locks automatically.  
u Some exterior lights flash three times.  
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uuOpening and Closing the TailgateuOpening/Closing the Tailgate  
1Using the Remote Transmitter*  
Using the Remote Transmitter*  
If you have unlocked and opened the tailgate using  
the remote transmitter or keyless 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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