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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,977 miles

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2006 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Honda Element Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Aug 092016


  • miles


Takata recall. Local Honda dealer in hyannis MA has been unable to get the necessary parts for this recall for over 60 days. I called again today and they took our information again and said they would place the order. They are still unable to say when they will be receiving the part(s).

- Harwich, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 012016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 16V344000 (air bags) was received in June of 2016. After contacting the dealer and the manufacturer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Franklinville, NJ, USA

problem #19

May 242016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V344000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact stated that the air bag light remained illuminated. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Lords Valley, PA, USA

problem #18

Dec 032015


  • 173,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. While driving at various speeds, the driver seat air bag deployed independently without an impact occurring. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V665000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 173,000.

- Lahabra, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 182015


  • 196,000 miles
My side curtain airbag came out after running over a branch that I could not avoid. I came over a hill on a residential street and the branches were all over the road. I got out of my car because I smelled smoke. It was only upon getting back in my car that I realized the air bag was hanging out. It did not inflate just came out. I recently had the recall taken care of for the front driver side. Every auto body person I have spoke with says that it should not have deployed for something like a branch. Also, my seat belts are still working which is uncommon after the air bag deploying. Honda has not wanted to take responsibility for the air bag deploying without true cause.

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #16

Oct 072015


  • miles
Honda customer care team email directs you to visit a personalized site. In my case: for further details. Unfortunately, when you enter your VIN information it indicates that you have "timed-out" no matter how many times you retry to input your vehicle information it takes you to a "timed-out" page.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #15

Jun 152015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. The contact received a recall letter for NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was unavailable. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Huntington Beach , CA, USA

problem #14

May 072015

Element 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Honda Element. Consumer writes in regards to dissatisfaction with service at dealership associated with defective air bag recall replacement. Upon arrival for a scheduled appointment, the consumer was informed the part would not be available until September 2015. Updated 07/20/15.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 152015

Element 4-cyl

  • 58,811 miles
This vehicle was making a left turn into a neighborhood when it collided with an oncoming vehicle which was traveling approximately 45 mph. The impact was front driver's side to front driver's side. The driver's side airbag did not deploy which resulted in the driver losing consciousness and suffering a concussion.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #12

Oct 132014


  • 150,000 miles
I was driving down my own driveway, when there was a very loud explosion to my right. After a moment, I realized the passenger seat side airbag deployed. There was nothing on the seat at the time. My right ear rang for quite some time after. Luckily, my dog was crated behind me. I rolled down the windows to dissipate the powder floating about. Honda, both the local dealer and corporate, have been less than helpful in this matter. I am just happy it happened in my own driveway ( which I almost drove off of) rather than on the major hwy I had been on the day before as I surely would have crashed.

- Califon, NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 052014

Element 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


I called braman Honda in miami, Florida (7000 coral way, miami, fl 33155, (800) 568-9724), in order to make an appointment for recall #14V-351 (airbags), and was told they would try to get back to me in three weeks. I was not offered a loaner, until the part arrived, and I purchased my car new there. If I have an accident with injuries, I want this on the record. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 132014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags). However, the parts needed were not available. The dealer did not provide a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. Also, the contact mentioned that the front and rear seat belts were connected to the doors which caused a safety concern upon entering and exiting the vehicle. The failure mileage was not available.

- Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 272013

Element 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I hit a deer last December and the only reason the insurance company did not total it was because the air bags did not deploy. There was just about $10,000 worth of damage to my car. After waiting a month and a half, traveling 18 hours & spending an extra $200 for travel to go get my car I finally got it back. Also, my car does not idle like it should. It will also go dead when I come to a stop. It doesn't happen all the time but it will happen in the middle of traffic and I will be stuck there for a few minutes.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 102014


  • 155,000 miles
I was driving down a street at the rate of about 20 mph and heard a pop and I lost hearing and senses and my arm flew sideways because my driver side airbag had deployed. After regaining my senses, I got out of my Honda Element to check to see what caused the deployment and I saw no damage. My driver side seat airbag deployed for no reason and injured my arm. My vehicle is currently at the Honda dealership being inspected.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 252014

Element 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Driving on gravel road 30 mph drivers side impact airbag deployed for no apparent reason. Road in fair-to good condition. No contact made with any object. Driver was stunned with surprise could have been a catastrophic accident. Honda checked out by dealer and Honda refused to pay saying not a defect in car.

- Cardwell, MO, USA

problem #6

Sep 012013


  • 161,000 miles
I was driving approximately 25 mph vehicle in front suddenly stopped I rear ended vehicle causing damage to front bumper, hood and driver side panel, there was no injuries thank god driver air bags did not deploy also passenger on rear side seat belt snapped this was my second fender bender in three years where front air bags did not deploy, this is a major concern because my family's safety is my priority and Honda should look into this seriously before major injuries or deaths occurs.

- New York,, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 162012


  • 78,000 miles
I was driving on a curvy road where it had recently rained - only driver was in vehicle. The Element SUV skid and possibly hydroplaned a little. The SUV jumped the curb and crashed into a concrete column of a freeway overpass. The front end was smashed in and the radiator was destroyed. The passenger side airbag deployed but the driver airbag did not deploy. The collision was more on the driver side and it still did not deploy the airbag. The seatbelt I had on tensed up and kept me from crashing into the steering wheel. I did bounce a little and hit my head either on the side column or the frame above the window. The airbag may have prevented that. I am shocked it did not deploy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 092012

Element 4-cyl

  • 85,100 miles
I was driving down the interstate at 65 mph when I heard a loud boom. My arm went numb and my left ear was silent. As I looked down, I noticed that my driver's side impact airbag had deployed. There was nothing in the road. I did not hit anything. Nothing hit me. There is no external damage to my vehicle. The seat ripped open when the airbag deployed and the airbag left a sizable welt and bruise on my arm. There is no reason that the airbag should have deployed. I have not taken it to the dealership yet but have had it looked at by a few mechanics and they have not been able to identify any reason that the airbag has deployed. I will be taking it to the dealership this week. From my personal research, this is not an isolated incident. Honda is aware that there is an issue with a unexplainable airbag deployment and has made no action to correct the issue. As it continues to happen, it will cause an accident and someone will be fatally injured. This issue needs to be addressed.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 262010


  • 23,601 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, there was an unusually loud noise coming from the vehicle immediately followed by the air bag warning light illuminating on the instrument panel. While driving at speeds of 65 mph, within an hour, the driver side air bag partially deployed. The dealer could not duplicate nor determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was contacted but was not willing to provide any assistance. There were no repairs made to the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 23,601 and the current mileage was 24,704. The VIN was not available.

- Twain, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 072007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
When: Motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, 11/07/2007, 1515hrs where: Southbound co hwy 93 and eastbound co hwy 72; jefferson county, state of Colorado; what: Motor vehicle accident: 2006 Honda Element was struck by an SUV. The accident caused the 2006 Honda Element to rollover, once, before righting onto its wheels. Extensive damage occurred to the Element automobile. Notably, the airbags - front, passenger, and side - did not deploy. The safety belt restraint system protected the sole occupant from life-threatening injuries. Who: Colorado state patrol. Jefferson county sheriff department, arvada, co police department; and arvada fire department arrived at the scene. The attending law and emergency rescue personnel were surprised that the Honda Element airbag system did not deploy due to the severity and catastrophic nature of the accident. Issue: Was the 2006 Honda Element air bag system defective due to the absence of deployment in this rollover accident?

- Golden, CO, USA

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