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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,582 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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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #10

May 152014


  • 124,238 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact stated that the drivers seat would excessively move forward. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,238.

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #9

Sep 122013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Element. The contact stated that the driver's seat brackets became loose and caused the seat to rock back and forth. The failure was progressive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the bushings and the bracket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Davinport, IA, USA

problem #8

Dec 212013

Element 4-cyl

  • 104,830 miles
While driving through parking lot approaching exit, the passenger side seat airbag deployed without reason. Loud bang, ringing ears, and crying kids. No bumps, potholes, curbs or accident. So far everyone from Honda, the dealer and insurance are all pointing the finger at each other. As seen on this and other sites this seems common however everyone acts like it's the first time they've heard of such a thing.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #7

Nov 152011

Element 4-cyl

  • 185,000 miles


I was driving into the bank drive in teller and my left side airbag went off.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 262011

Element 4-cyl

  • 77,500 miles
I was driving to work on March 26, 2011 on the freeway and it was early and a clear day. I was on the highway and out of no where I heard a loud explosion sound and was completely freaked out. My right ear was ringing and I started to smell smoke. I looked to my right side and the passenger side airbag had exploded out. It wasn't even inflated and there was no one sitting on the seat thankfully. But since no one was on the seat the airbags should have been off, the Honda Element has a sensor on the seat. I called the Honda customer service department and they told me I was responsible for the problem. That I should take my vehicle to a Honda dealership and report it to my insurance so that they can take care of it for me.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 152010


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Honda Element. Front seat loose. Was told by mechanic that a part was holding the front driver seat that is welded has some problem where it came loose. The front driver seat literally rocks back and forth. When discussed with dealership, they did say "it is not wear and tear" and that it was a mechanical problem.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

May 012007


  • 20,000 miles


Owner of a 2005 Honda Element. The driver's seat rocks back and forth, getting progressively worse and now rocking left and rock. This presents a danger when trying to accelerate and brake during driving. Since the problem is worsening I feel that at some point my seat will definitely come unmounted causing an accident. Honda's local dealership and corporate office refuse to fix this issue for free. This could result in a multitude of injuries - even whiplash from jerking of the vehicle. A service bulletins was issued yet Honda claims they do not see this as an issue even though there have been numerous reports and complaints. This is a constant issue for me when driving especially during stop and start and turning.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007


  • 20,000 miles
Driver's seat rocks during acceleration and deceleration. This is possibly a safety issue in an accident if the seat fixtures were to break. Also the seat belt configuration makes egress impossible from the rear seats only. There is no interior handle for a rear seat passenger to open the door in an emergency.

- Port Royal, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 182009


  • 30,800 miles
Driver's seat rocks when accelerating or braking. Honda has issued tsb but refuses to cover cost of fix if vehicle is out of warranty. My car is a 2005 but the tsb covers all vehicles from 2003-2006.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 162006

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,450 miles
Own a 2005 Honda Element. At 13K miles both the front seats side seams have torn. We are not hard on this car and are shocked how soon the seats have worn out. We took the car back to Honda and they did change the seats, but deny there is a problem overall with the seats. At there are page after page of complaints about seats tearing with low miles.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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