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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,276 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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2007 Honda Element accessories - interior problems

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2007 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 252008

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


2007 Honda Element. Consumer states several problems with vehicle to include transmission failure the consumer stated the transmission first failed at 15,000. The defect the dealer apparently repaired between March 22-26 and April 2008 has returned. Recently, the vehicle started to shudder once more under light acceleration between 30-35 mph. The consumer also stated there was a persistent clicking sound coming from the front passenger seat. In addition, a malfunctioning radio console was replaced. The problem returned with the front passenger seat. The SRS light illuminated on an intermittent basis and when it did illuminate, it stayed on for extended periods of time.

- Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 262007

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,553 miles
I bought a Honda Element 2007 in July 2007. Since the purchase I have learned that the front seats do not adjust as in previous models. However, both the quick start manual and the regular manual both indicate visually and in writing that the front seats should adjust forward at about a 10 degree angle for access to the back seat. "open the door, and pull up on the seat-back adjustment lever. The seat-back tilts forward to allow easier access to the rear seat." The picture also shows this tilt angle. I took the car to a dealership. They did not know about this design change; they also did not know that the same change is on the 2008 model. I talked with Honda about this design flaw as a safety issue. Without the ability to tilt the seat forward both entry and exit from the back seats are restricted even when a front seat is moved forward as far as it will go. Honda's response was that they knew people who have the car and they aren't having any problems getting in or out of the back seat and that I should just move the front seats back and forth to use the back seats. In case of an emergency, exiting the back seat would be difficult at best and a danger to their safety and well-being. Honda's response is that the design is written in stone and that unless enough complaints and problems with emergency exits are made that nothing will be done. Their opinion is that the car is safe and has been fully approved by the ntsb and NHTSA. I would defy anyone to enter and exit the back seat with any speed because of this change in design. I hope this will be investigated and that Honda will be forced to redesign and recall the models that no longer allow the front seat to tilt for as they say "easier access to the rear seat" and I would add easy, quick exit from the back seat in an emergency.

- Nogales, AZ, USA

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