really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,237 miles

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2005 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Honda Element Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Mar 132013

Element 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Driver seat belt buckle switch for SRS air bag system shuts off SRS system - red warning light comes on. This has happened several times after resetting, system may work okay for several weeks. Repair shop says common problem seen may times. Cost to fix $350+.

- Monticello, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 212013

Element 4-cyl

  • 104,830 miles
While driving through parking lot approaching exit, the passenger side seat airbag deployed without reason. Loud bang, ringing ears, and crying kids. No bumps, potholes, curbs or accident. So far everyone from Honda, the dealer and insurance are all pointing the finger at each other. As seen on this and other sites this seems common however everyone acts like it's the first time they've heard of such a thing.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #15

May 142013


  • 120,000 miles
The SRS light came on. I've determined the cause for the light is a defective clock-spring. This is a safety defect and should be covered by Honda.

- Nicholls, GA, USA

problem #14

Apr 252013

Element 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Airbag light illuminated, reset and checked codes. It is telling me that the drivers airbag is faulty. The car was not involved in an accident.

- Nicholls, GA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012012

Element 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Honda Element. Consumer writes in regards to air bag indicator light illuminating. The dealer informed the consumer, she would have to pay a $100 diagnostic test fee. In addition to that charge, she was informed there could be an additional fee to fix the problem after diagnosing it.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 122013

Element 4-cyl

  • 182,000 miles
My son rolled our 2005 Honda Element in a relatively low speed crash, about 30 mph. Although the roof was smashed in and windshield broken, the airbags did not deploy. Luckily he was wearing a seatbelt and escaped harm, but it seems like in a wreck in which the car ended up resting on its roof, that the side curtain airbags should have deployed.

- Winona, MO, USA

problem #11

Dec 152012

Element 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


I was driving around 12:15 in am, a vehicle from right came out of street and I could not avoid hitting the car. My Honda hit the car, described as a T bone hit. I had no passengers, and was wearing seat belt. My passenger side front air bag activated, my driver side air bag did not activate. My Honda car had severe damage on the left driver side, less on the right side. My head light was gone from the left side and right side was intact. My car was totaled as a loss by insurance company. The sensor located on my driver side did not react to deploy the air bag. The frame bar was bent and damage right next to the sensor. I received neck bruises, swelling and neck pain. My knee was cut and swollen. There are significant breaks in the plastic on both sides of the interior steering column, proving the intense of the force of the hit. The car was towed to an independent repair shop. My questions were not answered by Honda as to why my driver side air bag did not employ. I spoke to Honda customer service, with no satisfactory results. Thank you, with much appreciation.

- Bells , TN, USA

problem #10

Dec 072012


  • miles
My Honda 2005 Element's side air bag inadvertently deployed. I was exiting a parking lot and partially drove over a curb with the left front tire. As the tire rolled off the curb the driver's side air bag deployed. I heard a loud explosion sound and was completely freaked out. I looked to my left side and the driver side airbag had exploded out. It wasn't even inflated. Fortunately, I was not injured.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 152011

Element 4-cyl

  • 185,000 miles
I was driving into the bank drive in teller and my left side airbag went off.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 162011

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Element. While driving, the passenger side air bag suddenly deployed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not figure out why the air bag deployed without the vehicle being involved in a crash. The failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 11/23/11

- Stevensville, MT, USA

problem #7

Mar 172010


  • 175,000 miles


I was the driver of a Honda Element that was rear ended while I was stationary waiting to make a left turn into my driveway. The impact from the other car had broken the drivers seat and repositioned my head just a few inches from the floor and by then the spare tire securing mechanism had broken and the spare tire flew forward hitting me in the head and eventually coming to a rest in the passengers seat. With the back impact from the other car and then the front impact hitting the trees along side of the road did not release the airbags when the other car that hit the Element had its airbags deployed.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 242009


  • 80,000 miles
The car slipped on ice and hit an embankment head on and the airbags did not deploy.

- Wickenburg, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jun 042007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
My passenger side airbag deployed while the car was not moving. This is the airbag that located on the side of the seat.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #4

Jun 242007

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I swerved to avoid hitting a car and hit an embankment. My car lifted off the ground and rolled 3 times. I got the Element because it had very high safety ratings. It also had side airbags which I found especially important for an SUV however none of them deployed.

- Oakland , CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 212006


  • 27,000 miles
2005 Honda Element's air bag inadvertently deployed. The consumer was exiting a parking lot and partially drove over a curb with the right front tire. As the tire rolled off the curb the passenger's side air bag deployed. There were no injuries. The consumer drove the vehicle tot he closest Honda dealer. After running the diagnostic test the technician informed the consumer that the air bags should not have deployed. The vehicle was taken back to the sales dealer who claimed that when the vehicle whet over the curd, the vehicle scraped the bracket for the step rail, which activated the sensor and the air bag, . the dealer denied any responsibility.

- Spingdale, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 232006

Element 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,800 miles
: the contact stated while driving 2 mph over a speed bump through a parking lot in the rain, the front passenger side curtain airbag deployed from within the seat without warning. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt, and sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the airbag deployed due to impact of one of the airbag sensors underneath the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 202006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
I was driving my Honda Element down a fairly busy street at 45 miles an hour. A man pulled out of a strip mall parking lot right in front of me. Although I honked my horn and slammed on the brakes, I could not avoid hitting him. My car has extreme front end damage and it was a high impact crash, however the air bags did not deploy. I am still waiting to hear if it will be determined to be totaled, but if it isn't, I do not feel safe driving this car in the future.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

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