Notes: Aside from peeling paint, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is a pretty reliable, generally trouble-free minivan.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,157 miles

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2008 Honda Odyssey seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 052016


  • miles


I was driving straight down a road at speeds below 50 mph and suddenly felt a huge blow to the side of my head, along with a loud bang. I thought at first maybe a deer had come through my window, but both side curtain airbags had deployed. I did not hit anything and nothing had hit me. I did not run over anything either. I had the sheriff document that there was no damage to my vehicle. There were also cars behind me that witnessed this event. My vehicle was looked at by a regional engineering team from Honda. Today a customer service rep call to say that it wasn't their (Honda's) problem and they would not be offering any compensation because there were no internal errors showing up and there are no known issues with this vehicles SRS. They could not tell me why the airbag had deployed, only that their tests showed there was no internal errors. The rep said there are a lot of reasons an airbag can inadvertently deploy but since she wasn't driving with me that day she couldn't tell me why mine had, only that no internal errors showed up. The estimate to replace both side curtain airbags is over $8000.

- Redfield, SD, USA

problem #6

Jul 052015


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that another driver failed to yield and crashed into the front passenger side of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the vehicle spun several times and the front driver side air bag delayed to deploy. The driver suffered injuries to the neck, back, arms, and legs that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. It was unknown if a police report was filed. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000...updated 09-29-15

- Corona , CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 152015


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Honda Odyssey. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle unintentionally accelerated and crashed into a brick wall. The contact stated that the air bags deployed, but failed to inflate properly causing the contact to sustain serious injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 142013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, another vehicle crashed into the vehicle, causing a chain reaction. The air bags deployed and the contact sustained burns to both hands from the air bag fragments. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Poolesville, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 132012


  • 24,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, another vehicle crashed into the driver's side of the vehicle. None of the driver's side air bags deployed, but the air bags on the passenger side did. The contact was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop but the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 24,600.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 102008


  • 2,000 miles
Air bag cover on passenger side of dash board buckles. This has been replaced twice and Honda now calls it an "acceptable production defect".

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 062009


  • 500 miles
New 2008 Honda Odyssey with less than 200 miles, when the problem first occurred 1. vibration in the steering wheel while braking. Happened every time when stopping at stop light or when slowing down. The Honda service dept. Identified it to be a warped motor and they had to resurface it. They mentioned that this problem has been noticed in some other vehicles too, but they didn't know what caused the problem. 2. passenger air bag light comes up while driving even when there is no passenger in the seat. The Honda service dept. Has looked at it twice now, as recent as 2/13/2009 and have mentioned that they don't know why it happens... that it also happens in one of the service tech's Odyssey van. Their solution to address this problem was to place a heavy object on the passenger seat! on both issues, I had opened a case with Honda customer service case #: N012009-01-0701207. The first time, the cust service representative tried to shrug off the vibration issue as not an issue. On the second incident, the representative sounded concerned and mentioned that he would also be upset about these multiple issues on a new van. He assured that within 2 days, a Honda representative will contact me to follow-up on this issue. But, never did I receive any call back. Due to poor response from Honda customer service, I haven't called them back as I don't get any proper response from them. I feel that I have been sold a "lemon" and that the Honda company should take this vehicle back and provide a new/different Odyssey van.

- Venice, FL, USA

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