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2024 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System

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Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®), aka Electronic  
Stability Control (ESC), System  
VSA® 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.  
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(ESC), System  
The VSA® may not function properly if tire type and  
size are mixed. Make sure to use the same size and  
type of tire, and the air pressures as specified.  
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  
immediately.  
VSA® Operation  
When VSA® activates, you may notice that the  
engine does not respond to the accelerator.  
You may also notice some noise from the  
hydraulic brake system. You will also see the  
indicator blink.  
VSA® System  
Indicator  
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.  
The main function of the VSA® system is generally  
known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The  
system also includes a traction control function.  
The Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) system, brake  
system (Amber), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with  
Low Speed Follow, low tire pressure/TPMS* and safety  
support indicators may come on in amber along with a  
message in the gauge when you set the power mode  
to ON after reconnecting the battery.  
Drive a short distance at more than 12 mph (20 km/h).  
Each indicator should go off. If any do not, have your  
vehicle checked by a dealer.  
* Not available on all models  
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VSA® On and Off  
(ESC), System  
This button is on the driver side control panel.  
To partially disable VSA® functionality/  
features, press and hold it until you hear a  
beep.  
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.  
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  
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.  
the  
(VSA® OFF) button until you hear a  
beep.  
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.  
VSA® is turned on every time you start the  
engine, even if you turned it off the last time  
you drove the vehicle.  
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