really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,855 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Honda Element seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Honda Element Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 192011

Element 4-cyl

  • 39,675 miles


I ran head on into the side of a Mitsubishi montero going 40 mph. The passenger airbag deployed even though there wasn't a passenger. The driver airbag did not deploy. The police, firemen, paramedics, and insurance adjusters were all shocked when they saw the car with the airbag not deployed. I have a photo of the damage to the front of the car that I can E-mail to you which will show the amount of damage. I have a photo of the inside showing the passenger airbag deployed and the driver airbag intact.

- Gaston, OR, USA

problem #4

Jul 012009


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Element. While driving 15 mph, the front driver's side air bag deployed without warning. The air bag light illuminated after the deployment. The manufacturer stated that they never heard of air bags deploying without an impact occurring and would not assume liability. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were less than 26,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 142009


  • 21,800 miles
While sitting behind a car waiting to make a left hand turn 2006 Honda Element was struck from behind by a car traveling approx. 45 mph. 2006 Element then struck the car in front of it. Driver's side airbag did not deploy, nor did the seat belt grab, resulting in driver smashing face and ribs against steering wheel.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 212008

Element 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,500 miles
My 2006 Honda Element was involved in an accident. My front end impacted the passenger side of the other vehicle. The entire front end of the Element was crushed and part of the frame damaged beyond repair. The driver's airbag failed to deploy while the passenger's airbag did inflate. Driver has suffered bruising in the chest area from the seat belt. Car is currently in an autobody shop in arlington waiting for the insurance company to declare it unrepairable.

- Arlington , VA, 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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