really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,000 miles

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2003 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 122010


  • miles


Honda 2003 Element SRS light coming on. This light continues to come on/// supposedly because I am talking on my cell phone. Since my airbags won T deploy while this light is on... this is safety concern, worthy of a recall. If I don't get action... I'm going to the national media. Too bad so sad for Honda America. My life is at risk!!!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 152005

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
I own a 2003 Honda Element and was involved in an accident where I hit a pickup truck and both vehicles were total losses. The drivers side airbag did not deploy even though it was a frontal impact which pushed the front of the vehicle in by 24 inches and bent the frame - the passenger airbag did deploy even though no other passengers were in the vehicle. I reported the problem twice to Honda America but they are refusing to acknowledge a problem exists.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 202003


  • 17,000 miles
While driving 45 mph consumer swerved to avoid rear ending another vehicle, and hit a phone pole dead center. Upon impact, only the passenger's side air bag deployed. The passenger side air bag was reinstalled by the dealership. Also while driving at 45 mph consumer swerved to avoid hitting a motorist who pulled in front of him.. consumer's vehicle hit the other vehicle on the front driver's side. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. After inspecting the vehicle dealership indicated that the sensor was showing that driver side air bag deployed.

- Houston, TX, USA

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