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2019 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System

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Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System  
VSA helps to stabilise 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.  
The VSA may not function properly if tyre type and  
size are mixed. Make sure to use the same size and  
type of tyre, and the air pressures as specified.  
VSA Operation  
When the VSA system 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.  
The adaptive cruise control (ACC)*, adaptive cruise  
control (ACC) with low speed follow (LSF)*, road  
departure mitigation, vehicle stability assist (VSA)  
system, vehicle stability assist (VSA) OFF, low tyre  
pressure/deflation warning system, collision  
mitigation braking system (CMBS), and parking brake  
and brake system (amber) indicators may come on in  
amber along with a message in the driver information  
interface when you turn the ignition switch to ON  
(w*1 after reconnecting the battery. Drive a short  
distance at more than 20 km/h (12mph). Each  
indicator should go off. If any do not, have your  
vehicle checked by a dealer.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
* Not available on all models  
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VSA On and Off  
In certain unusual conditions when your vehicle gets  
stuck in shallow mud or fresh snow, it may be easier  
to free it with the VSA temporarily switched off.  
This button is on the driver side control panel.  
To partially disable VSA functionality/features,  
press and hold it until you hear a beep.  
VSA OFF Indicator  
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.  
Your vehicle will have normal braking and  
cornering ability, but traction control function  
will be less effective.  
To restore VSA functionality/features, press  
the button until you hear a beep.  
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.  
VSA is turned on every time you start the  
engine, even if you turned it off the last time  
you drove the vehicle.  
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.