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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,417 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 100,500 miles


Female seat belt connection does not lock properly on a consistent basis. There is a national back order for this warrantied part suggesting there is a large problem with this part that Honda is not resolving.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #5

Jun 302010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that the seat belt lock failed to engage. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the seat belt lock needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 252014


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that the driver was in a head on collision and driver's seat moved forward and the seat belt failed to restrain the driver. The driver moved forward hitting the steering wheel and dash board. The driver suffered injuries to the chest, the knee, and minor bruising. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 132,000.

- Defuniak Srings , FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 292011

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that a vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle, causing the contact to crash into a preceding vehicle. The front driver side seat belt did not restrain the contact and caused the contact to be injured. A passenger was also reported injured. In addition, the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and was not inspected to for the seat belt and air bag failures. The failure and the current mileage was 108,000. Updated 03/05/12 the consumer also stated the seat went from an upright position to a reclining position. Updated 03/07/12

- Lillian , AL, USA

problem #2

May 012009


  • 80,000 miles
2004 Honda Element: (I have 2 and both have the following exact problems)1. Airbags warning lights indicating problems 2. drivers seat is loose and rocks 3. passenger seat causes extreme discomfort to hip and back on long tips (this is occurs with all passengers, young and older) 3. under carriage brushes failure 4. A/C air compressor failure 5. straps in back seats pulled out and seat cannot be reclined 6. engine decelerates without warning. Power cutback during passing makes this very dangerous. 7. drivers seatbelt buckle is difficult to secure (only 1 car with this problem) 8. loud clanking noise when cars are being turned.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 062008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact's child was restrained in a booster with both the lap and shoulder belts in place. Upon attempting to remove the child from the safety seat, the belt would continually tighten around his stomach area. The fire department was called; however, the child had already been cut from the safety seat. A police report was filed. The child was in a lot of pain. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 30,000.

- Hamden, CT, USA

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