really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,241 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 #6

Feb 122010


  • 90,000 miles


Addendum to original report 10310546. Shoulder and arm still affected from driver side airbag deploying without warning.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

Feb 122010


  • 90,000 miles
While driving on rough pavement driver side airbag deployed - urban street in rush hour while raining. 2003 Honda Element.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152009


  • 85,000 miles
My car ran over an object in the road, making a loud noise but not causing the car to go out of control. When I pulled over to assess the situation, I saw that the front passenger seat side airbag had deployed. No one was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time and there was absolutely no side impact to the car at all. There was no damage to the car, other than the malfunctioning deployment of the airbag.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 012008


  • 45,000 miles


Sat. 11/1/08 -Honda Element was parked, but running, in front of our home. My kids were in the back, my husband was in the driver's seat. After strapping my child into the carseat, I closed the back door and the passenger side air bag deployed! no one was hurt, just scared. I contacted Honda dealer & took it in on mon 11/3/08 & was told that Honda rep would have to inspect. Service men at dealership were very nice & felt it would be taken care of. I waited for call for appt w/ Honda rep. I wasn't given an appt until wed. 12/17. Honda rep refuses to pay saying it is not Honda's fault. Said it was out of warranty & not a manufacturer's defect. Rep said it might be the sensor but that I could have hit a pothole or something causing the air bag to deploy. The car was parked in front of my home. We hit nothing! the air bag just deployed! Honda rep told me to file with my insurance. State farm denies claim and says it will not pay because this is "clearly a manufacturing defect." The Honda rep also said he had never heard of anything like this ever happening before. So did the Honda customer relations headqtrs in ca that I called today. But I have googled this issue and found other Element owners who have had their side air bags deploy for no reason. At least one while he was driving! please investigate and let me know if others have reported this to you. I would like Honda to fix the problem and hopefully correct it so no one will get hurt. This is obviously a defect! closing the backdoor should not deploy the airbag!!

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 272008


  • 70,444 miles
My parked vehicle deployed passenger side air bag without collision to vehicle, according to insurance company there was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle (which Honda claims "could" be the cause of the deployment).

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 252008

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
Driving down smooth road and driver's side airbag deployed for no reason.... dealer inspected the vehicle and refused to fix. Car under warranty. Car is a 2003 Honda Element.

- Rising Fawn, GA, USA

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