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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,702 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #5

May 092010


  • 60,300 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Element. While driving at 62 mph with the cruise control activated, the front driver side air bag suddenly deployed. The air bag did not inflate when it deployed. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop. The current and failure mileages were approximately 60,300.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Jan 162010


  • 76,500 miles
Accident involving a 2005 Honda Element. A front end crash when another vehicle ran a stop sign and we hit the vehicle in the drivers side causing major damage to both vehicles. Our Honda Element sustained front end damage approximate speed 30mph. The airbag on the Element did not deploy. Have you had any other complaints on Element airbags not deploying? we only sustained minor injuries.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #3

Nov 262008


  • 38,400 miles
Airbag self check light never lit in the time that we had car. Driver only- with seatbelt. Car hit pole with L front causing approximately $10K damage to car. Right airbag deployed, left did not. Sensors and control module replaced by body shop during damage repair. Concerned that if there is another more serious accident, same thing will happen.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 312009


  • 50,000 miles
I rolled my 2005 Honda Element (2X drive) on I-95 at least four times according to fhp. My front airbag did not deploy, although my windshield was crushed in. And my drivers' side airbag deployed only partially (1/4). I was extracted from the vehicle and life-flighted to shand's emergency room in jacksonville, Florida. I suffered multiple contusions; internal bleeding and severely fractured sternum. Had my drivers side airbag deployed, I probably would have been spared much of this trauma. I have thoroughly documented with pictures to support my claim, and my insurance adjuster also confirms this. I am awaiting the Florida highway patrol's report.

- Lake Park, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202006


  • 8,311 miles
Started with pass. Air bag light & pass. Seatbelt beeper & light. Have had it repaired 4 times but pass. Beeper & light has not been fixed. Spoke with Honda America in ca regional mgr morris said it doesn't exist in the 2005 Honda Element the manual is a misprint. This is a safety issue which Honda does not want to correct. It had worked before so my wife & I spoke to people with 1996 to 2008 Honda Elements and they all have a seatbelt light & beeper for the passenger front seat. Could you please help with this safety issue that has been going on for four long years. I believe Honda America is trying to deceive us. I even asked morris to put it in writing that it is a misprint in the manual but he said he could not do that. I also told him that I had spoken to other 2005 Element owners who stated their passenger seatbelts have a light & beeper but still insists that my car does not.

- Shohola, PA, USA

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