really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,096 miles

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2004 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012011

Element 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. The contact was involved in a crash in which the vehicle was destroyed and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was injured and was knocked unconscious during the crash. A police report was filed. The manufacturer and dealer were both contacted in regards to the failure. The failure and current mileages were 123,000. Updated 11/01/11.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 272010


  • 103,476 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Element. While driving 65 mph, the contact had to swerve to avoid hitting a deer and the left rear struts snapped causing the vehicle to roll over 250 feet. The frontal air bags did not deploy but the side air bags did. The contact suffered injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 103,476.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #3

May 012009


  • 80,000 miles
2004 Honda Element: (I have 2 and both have the following exact problems)1. Airbags warning lights indicating problems 2. drivers seat is loose and rocks 3. passenger seat causes extreme discomfort to hip and back on long tips (this is occurs with all passengers, young and older) 3. under carriage brushes failure 4. A/C air compressor failure 5. straps in back seats pulled out and seat cannot be reclined 6. engine decelerates without warning. Power cutback during passing makes this very dangerous. 7. drivers seatbelt buckle is difficult to secure (only 1 car with this problem) 8. loud clanking noise when cars are being turned.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 162009


  • 54,005 miles
My fiance was involved in a traffic accident the evening of 2/16/09. Her 2004 Honda Element was hit by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, impacting her vehicle at the front driver's side. The passenger front airbag deployed, but the driver's airbag did not.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062004

Element 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
During a 45 mph frontal collision front air bags did not deploy. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Metuchen, NJ, USA

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