really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,471 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 052016


  • 80,000 miles


Driver's seat rocks back and forth while driving and braking my mechanic said bushings worn/loose. He fixed it, but the problem came back. A technical service bulletin has been released by Honda about this problem. A service adviser at a Honda dealership could not help my problem without me paying a costly bill. What's next?

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 182015


  • 196,000 miles
My side curtain airbag came out after running over a branch that I could not avoid. I came over a hill on a residential street and the branches were all over the road. I got out of my car because I smelled smoke. It was only upon getting back in my car that I realized the air bag was hanging out. It did not inflate just came out. I recently had the recall taken care of for the front driver side. Every auto body person I have spoke with says that it should not have deployed for something like a branch. Also, my seat belts are still working which is uncommon after the air bag deploying. Honda has not wanted to take responsibility for the air bag deploying without true cause.

- Mcminnville, TN, USA

problem #5

Oct 132014


  • 150,000 miles
I was driving down my own driveway, when there was a very loud explosion to my right. After a moment, I realized the passenger seat side airbag deployed. There was nothing on the seat at the time. My right ear rang for quite some time after. Luckily, my dog was crated behind me. I rolled down the windows to dissipate the powder floating about. Honda, both the local dealer and corporate, have been less than helpful in this matter. I am just happy it happened in my own driveway ( which I almost drove off of) rather than on the major hwy I had been on the day before as I surely would have crashed.

- Califon, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 012013


  • 165,000 miles


Driver's seat is rocking back and forth. This creates a dangerous condition during driving as it may affect control of the vehicle. Safety inspector also says that the seat may come loose -- therefore that Virginia state inspector failed my vehicle during its annual safety inspection. All of these common complaints should be subject of a recall since the seat's design was faulty. This is evidenced by Honda's tsb stating that an additional spacer should be added to the worn out bushings to prevent future occurrence of this incident. Isn't that evidence that their design was defective from the beginning" NHTSA should likewise do its job by forcing a recall of these vehicles. Would they rather have a consumer accident occur first before they do their job"

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 092008


  • miles
My driver seat has been cracking and it is like the seat cover that it was made out of was dry rotted. I have talk to other Honda Element owners and they are having the same problem. Some with the driver seat, others with the other seat. So, it is not because the driver get in and out more, because it is not only on that side of the seat but the other side as well and back part on the sides. Just don't understand why alot of people are having the same problems with the seat covers as cracking and tearing.

- Linwood, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 012008


  • 30,000 miles
2006 Honda Element problems: I bought this Honda because of the reputation for a solid car with very little maintenance issues. This car has had more maintenance issues than any other I've ever owned! 1. driver's seat rock. The seat has rocked left to right since about 30,000 miles. I don't think I should have to pay $300 to fix a safety issue that Honda obviously knows about. 2. at about 60,000 miles the air conditioning stopped working-that was a $700+ repair for a new fan motor. 3. I have gone through about 5 windshields in 90,000 miles. Good thing I always get zero deductible glass coverage! the last wasn't even due to a crack, but because it became so pitted it was impairing visibility. 4. this vehicle has a huge blind spot in the driver's left corner. I have had countless near misses-especially pedestrians in parking lots. The blind spot is large enough to block vision completely.

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 232006

Element 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,300 miles
Driver ran into stopped car in front of him. Speed was sufficient to flatten the car up to the front of the engine - little damage behind that. Car is 2006 Honda Element. Air bag did not deploy. Safety belt did not lock up quickly - driver struck the steering wheel, and chest was bruised by top of steering wheel. Passenger seat moved to the full forward position, almost touching the dashboard. No significant injuries resulted, but safety systems did not work as expected.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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