Honda and Acura cars have been hit with a 2022 year bug, aka Y2K22, which resets the navigation system clock to January 1, 2002, with no way to change it.
From January 1, the date on the Acura and Honda navigation systems would automatically change to January 1, 2002, with the time being reset to 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 or other times. depending on the model or possibly the region the car is located.
While the cause of the Honda / Acura bug is unclear, last weekend Microsoft Exchange was hit with a Y2K22 bug that froze email delivery.
The Microsoft bug was caused by storing the date in an int32 variable which can only hold a maximum value of 2,147,483,647. However, dates in 2022 have a minimum value of 2,201,010,001 for January 1, 2022 , at midnight, causing the software to crash.
The same bug can affect Honda and Acura cars, but Honda customer service has said it is expected to resolve in August 2022, saying it could be a different issue.
“Yes, we are very sorry for the issue you are having with your vehicle. We have reported the NAVI clock issue to our engineering team and they have informed us that you will experience an issue from January 2022 to August 2022, then it self-corrects “, Honda customer service told a car owner.
Another Honda owner received a similar response that the issue will be automatically resolved in August 2022.
“We are aware of the issue that our engineers are looking into. They have indicated that it has something to do with the sailing schedule and that it will resolve when the date falls in August, but they are looking for a countermeasure to correct- as soon as possible “, customer service told another owner.
Acura and Honda are unlikely to make a car owner wait seven months for a fix, and a navigation system update will likely be released to fix the issue.
BleepingComputer has contacted Acura and Honda to learn more about the bug and how they plan to fix it, but have not received a response.
Thanks Aristide for the advice!