really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,732 miles

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2003 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Nov 262012

Element 4-cyl

  • miles


I visited the recall web site after hearing about the airbag concerns with my vehicle. I then made an appointment and had my drivers airbag/because of a recall, replaced on Nov 26, 2014. I requested a vehicle for the day since the recall is not a personal problem but a problem of the manufacture. I was denied a day use car. I was told that day that the passengers airbag was on backorder, I have since contacted the dealer who did not return my call. I then went to the dealer web site an E-mailed them my concerns. Someone did call me and stated that the airbags were on backorder. I am very concerned that it is taking so long to get my passengers airbags replaced. I am also concerned that the local dealer does not return phone calls. Local dealer is Honda of fort myers fl.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 022015


  • miles
Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent re 2003 Honda Element airbag. The consumer would like to have a loaner vehicle, due to the fact, the recall fix will take three hours to complete. The consumer was informed the part needed to be ordered.

- Belleair, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 112013

Element 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Happened in nyc, afternoon, weather drizzling/raining and humid. Slid on an oil slick on the road, swerved sideways and hit an exit ramp concrete barrier full front (w/ my front against it, perpendicular to the barrier). Passenger side airbag deployed, mine did not. The thing is, I was the only person in the car, there was no passenger in the passenger seat. Car was always driven in NY, I am original owner. Didn't report it earlier bec news always said it's only an issue w/ cars in the South, and Element didn't appear in the recall lists in the papers (only saw it listed this minute on the gov site, after hearing so much talk about it on the news and decided to check). I think the car manuf's should have notified all owners of that airbag of the possibility of an issue, even if they didn't live in the South, just in case, it's not expensive to do, just a stamp. Anyway, that's my feeling.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 152014


  • 162,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Element. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 162,000.

- Shiprock, NM, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014

Element 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The SRS warning light came on. About 3 weeks later Honda issued a partial recall on 2003 Element airbags. I called Honda and was told my vehicle was not covered. In looking into the recall I see that it is for vehicles in hotter climates. I think it should be extended to all climates.

- Glen, NH, USA

problem #6

Jan 162014

Element 4-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
I was traveling North on nc hwy 12 on my way to work, alone, and I rear ended another vehicle traveling between 35-40 mph, when I glanced down to scratch my leg and when I glanced back down, the car in front of me was at a dead stop and I rear ended it. My passenger airbag deployed, however I had no passenger with me, my drivers side airbag failed. Luckily I was wearing my seatbelt and only received minor injuries.

- Frisco, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 172014

Element 4-cyl

  • 205,063 miles


While traveling at 65 mph on the freeway, the passenger side air bag deployed for no reason. There was no impact or collision of any kind. There was no front passenger at all, only the driver in the vehicle.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 222007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Honda Element with an odometer reading of 40000 miles. While driving under dry conditions at 20 mph the driver's side air bag deployed unexpectedly. The contact was able to pull to side of the road without incident. The contact called the manufacturer, and they stated that she had to have done something to make the air bag deploy. The contact then took the vehicle to browns Honda, and they were unable to find the reason why the air bag deployed. Updated 04/05/07

- Standardville, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 102006


  • Manual transmission
  • 69,969 miles
In my 2003 Element I hit a 500 pound cow in the road at between 50-60 mph from the center of my car to the drivers side. The front fender where the airbag sensor is located was destroyed, as was the hood and bumper. The police were all surprised the airbags hadn't deployed. I contacted Honda, the insurance company, and the body shop to inform them of the fact that the airbags didn't deploy in such an accident, and no one seemed overly concerned other than the police and myself.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 282005


  • miles
My son was involved in a serious multiple rollover accident in our 2003 Honda Element two days ago. There was not one portion of the vehicle (including the front) that was not severely impacted and yet both the sheriff and tow truck driver were very concerned because none of the airbags ever deployed.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012004

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
While driving 30 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy. The driver sustained severe neck and spinal injuries.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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