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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,348 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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2008 Honda Element brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Honda Element Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

May 042009


  • 13,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Element. While attempting to pull into a parking space at no more than 8 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and it extended to the floor. The vehicle drove over a curb and into a lawn. She had to pump the brakes numerous times before the vehicle finally came to a stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that there was air in the brake lines. They drained and replaced all the fluid from the brakes and pressurized the brake lines. The dealer could not explain why the failure occurred or if it would recur. The contact feels that a recall should be issued because the dealer has dealt with this issue in the past. She was advised to constantly pump the brakes to prevent the failure from recurring. The current and failure mileages were 13,000.

- Magna, UT, USA

problem #1

Feb 072009


  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Element with brake problems. I took the car to one dealer in South hill Virginia who told me not to drive the car because it was too dangerous and needed a new master cylinder. Someone else picked the car up for me after they said it was fixed. I drove the car and thought they were still "soft", so a couple of weeks later I took the car to a dealer in danville Virginia and asked that they test drive the car. They said, you better not drive this car, it is dangerous, and ordered another master cylinder. I pocket the car up today and guess what" the brakes are the same. What do I do" this car is dangerous. The brakes do not react as soon as applied and they loose pressure under foot.

- Clarksville, VA, USA

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