Back when the world clicked over from 1999 to 2000, everyone braced for “Y2K,” when it was thought computer systems would fail during the switch to year ’00’. That didn’t happen, but many Honda and Acura owners are now facing their own “Y22K,” as it seems their car clocks switched themselves back as much as 20 years on the first day of 2022.
The bug has been reported in models from 2004 to 2012 equipped with navigation systems. Some owners are reporting the clock showing the wrong time, while others say their screen’s date indicates it’s the wrong year, with some going back as far as 2002.
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Honda Canada reports it’s aware of the problem and is trying to come up with a solution, while in the U.S., owners report that Honda’s told them that if a fix isn’t found in the meantime, the clocks should automatically correct themselves in August. Honda in the U.K. issued a similar response.
According to users on various forums for Honda owners, it appears the problem may be with the navigation unit’s Global Positioning System, or GPS. These systems measure time in weeks from a set starting point, known as an epoch. As GPS moves into a new epoch, the systems should figure it out, and roll over into the next week (and from there, into the new year). But it seems that depending on how they’re programmed, instead of rolling ahead to the date, they can go backwards.