The Element's boxy, offbeat styling generates a lot of attention, but the vehicle is fraught with compromises. It has a cavernous interior, but it's only a four-seater with a skimpy 675-pound payload capacity. So it can be easily overloaded. The vehicle handles nimbly and has a smooth, refined powertrain, but it has a choppy ride, noisy cabin, an awkward driving position, and obstructed outward visibility.
Alerts
There are 12 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Honda Element owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Like any vehicle, over time your alignment goes out"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alignment after strut replacement"

Dave A., ON (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel would shake when holding a left turn on a curve on freeway betweeen 40-60 mph"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Most if not all rubber isolators/bushings/boots on all suspension components succumbed to dry rot"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"I believe this is normal wear"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Think they need to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts failed resulting in dangerous handling on the road"

Glenn K., MA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all 4 shocks and struts after 325000km"

Dave A., ON (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear suspension struts and sway bar links needed replacement"

G D., CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One side was leaking so both sides had to be replaced. about $1300"

Rebecca L., MD (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ride was noisy & rough"

Robert M., NJ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Original struts were completely worn out"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the front struts replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts seem functional but have developed a lot of noise. Also, master ball joint has started to squeek"

George J., PA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"old and worn out"

Roy L., MA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Given the mileages on the 2 cars, all the other problems are expected. Both cars are very strong and resilient, can easily go to 200 or 300k miles w/ good care"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Given the age and mileage (ca. 200k) all these other problems are expected"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Torsion bar seems to come lose every couple years. Daily commute is only a few miles and primarily in-town driving only. It is currently rattling and needs to be fixed again now"

Donny S., MO (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"torsion mounts needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken sway bar links (rear) both sides"

James B., MN (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering was loosw & suspension was noisy"

Robert M., NJ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My trustworthy mechanic told me they were worn, and needed to be replaced as soon as possible. Only my second major repair on the Honda Element 2003 so I can not complain, but it was expensive. Then, the car needs a front end alignment. Almost $1,000 all together"

Pat B., FL (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"California roads are in disrepair causing unbalanced wheels"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"The abs light was on"

Anonymous, SK (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear caliber froze up resulting in smoke when vehicle was in motion"

Glenn K., MA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper on one wheel became frozen. Rebuilt was mounted, along with new pads and rotors for around $425"

George J., PA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear passenger caliper had to be replaced"

Roy L., MA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal break wear"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front brake wear after 100000"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bringing in my Element for diagnosis of the rattle/noise, Honda fixed brakes they thought might be the cause"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"We have had a recurring problem with unusually fast wear in the rear brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes seem to wear out very quickly in this car"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My honest mechanic said my brake pads were worn prematurely. I just had a brake job in another city where I used to live less than a year ago. I had the new brakes put in, called my old honest mechanic, and he reimbursed me 100% for the prior brake job. Yes it is hard to find a good honest mechanic, usually, they own their own garage. I appreciate them so very much"

Pat B., FL (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes seem to wear out very quickly in this car"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"turning of the rotors"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rusted, made grinding noise on turns. No braking problem"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes sometimes do not release"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had 3 brake jobs in24 months (12,000 miles) and neither Honda dealers or indendent mechanics have been able to solve problem"

Martha S., CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Many problems with keys no longer able to lock the car"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Alarm and ignition cutoff frequently resetting and making it hard to start the vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We brought in the Element for its regular maintenance to Honda dealership and they somehow managed to damage the security system so that the fob no longer worked. It took two more visits for them to rectify the broken security system/fob"

Brian K., CA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Cruise control has failed after 140K"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When auto hits bumps in road, cruise control disengages"

Eva D., TN (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise stopped working and I haven't had it fixed because it is too costly on such and old car"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't start... replace battery and starter. Loose harness connector at throttle body made intermittent start issue and then speedometer went wacko. Replaced speed sensors and still wacko. Replaced cluster... better? harness issue?"

Paul S., IN (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Every now and then, headlight goes out, but will work the next day"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The daylight driving lights create a buzzing sound that does not stop until I switch on the headlights"

Zeljko P., BC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new bulb in rear running light"

Jack H., MI (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry won't open driver's side door lock (or others because driver's side is the master). Neither will electronic lock inside car. Only key & manual lock switch work on it. Haven't had mechanic look at it yet"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 135K Driver door lock failed so I installed genuine Honda keyless module. A year after that, the lock actuators in the driver and passenger door failed"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger door modulator"

Eva D., TN (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Airbag light is always on"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"an $1800. item shouldn't wear out, period. clamp/flange that connects downstream to pipes disintegrated. pipes are intact, very strange"

Tim S., OH (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter cracked, possibly due to road hazard. Very expensive to replace (more than average car), temp fix was to weld crack closed"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"noisy"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipes, muffler, etc. needed replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace all rubber hoses on engine-rotted"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"bought compression flange to temporarily repair exhaust. non-moving parts like exhaust shouldn't wear out IMO"

Tim S., OH (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"lose tail pipe"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Shocks and struts needed replacement, but this was expectable given the mileage on the car"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noises and rattles in the back end"

Dean H., KS (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"a 'mysterious rattle that Honda and independent mechanics can't find the cause for"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace starter twice. Muffler clamp twice"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"boh front and rear suspension noises"

Donald D., CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right control arm and sway bar link had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine warning light intermittent, false reading of oil pressure, vtech timing goes into survival mode limiting engine rpm to 2800, thus can't accelerate safely on highway on ramp. In reality the engine (oil level) is fine, but computer thinks ther"

John L., ON (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine was sputtering & knocking when accelerating. Ended up being low oil pressure interfering w/ VTEC engine...just needed more oil"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It's a knocking sound when car is running"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber engine mounts were cracked"

Jean N., CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"The rear differential leaks oil from the output seals. Replaced seals from Honda several times and they still leak. Honda has no fix for this problem"

Richard S., CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Pins in door locks tend to deteriorate resulting in issue where key will not turn, and therefore door will not unlock. Ultimately forced me to get auto door locks installed"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"Windshield is prone to cracks. Have replaced it 4 times since I purchased"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Complete failure of driver's side door lock, lock cylinder, latch, and power door lock actuator. Required replacement of all parts except the door itself"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"R/S window regulator cable broke"

Douglas O., AZ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Window regulator just busted with no external cause. It's made with cheap plastic parts (but PRICED like it's platinum). I have never in 50 years had a window regulator break before"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"It is very difficult to see how fast one is going!"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The radio and clock screen goes blank"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Element 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"My display goes blank so I can no longer use the stereo. I need to purchase a new aftermarket one"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The starter/ignition failed and had to be replaced"

Pamela D., LA (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"14 years old"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"had to replace"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"The condenser failed which caused the refrigerant to leak"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Blew a head gasket; replaced the engine ($3000)"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"At first, I was told that the Master Cylinder had to be replaced. I did that, the car is 12 years old. two week later my clutch began to stick and the kept dying at every stop. I took it in immediately and it was found that the clutch needed to be"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"In freak accident, manual transmission locked in reverse with car jammed into brick wall. Difficult to get it into 1st forward gear, but once accomplished car drove in normal fashion"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would not shift into all gears"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Have trouble with pack rats chewing on wires... system not protected"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"Harness developed loose connection when I changed out the starter... would not start at times... now speedometer is bouncing around when the car is running. Changed speed sensors and instrument cluster... not perfect... problem is hard to fix"

Paul S., IN (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Needed replacement"

Robert C., OR (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Noise when turning - taking for service this week"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"seriously worn universal joints and drive shaft caused severe vibration and required $3000 repair job"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Alternator failed"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Piston ring fused to cylinder, eliminating all compression in one of four cylinders"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"variable camshaft timing system (VTEC) needed oil pressure switch, approx $300 diagnosis & repair"

Henrik A., CA (2003 Honda Element Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"VTEC oil pressure switch sensor was replaced"

Robert C., OR (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"had to replace throttle sensor and knock sensor"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Element DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Idle Air Intake Control Valve clogged and had to be replaced this year. First engine problem in fourteen years"

Ann S., NC (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Several months after transmission was replaced, it would hunt for gears and lurch"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"xmission was not interacting with the computer correctly causing severe bucking anytime it should shift. Also inter related with the lube oil"

Anonymous, DE (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Non-working. Replacement installed"

Jean N., CA (2003 Honda Element EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jun 27 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2005-2012 RL, 2003-2007 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007-2008 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with passenger frontal air bag inflators assembled as a recall remedy part or replacement service part, that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 12, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are E5D and X5C.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V501000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1657752
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Jun 27 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2003-2006 MDX, 2001-2007 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot and 2006 Ridgeline vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with driver frontal air bag inflators assembled as a recall remedy part or replacement service part, that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 12, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are Q5A and Y58.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V499000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3947
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Mar 06 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles received a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of a previous Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement driver air bag module containing the same inflator type as a service part. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, these inflators may explode.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall began April 10, 2019. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is U40.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V182000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1101534
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Apr 26 2018
An incorrectly installed air bag may deploy improperly in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2003-2012 Honda Accord and Pilot, 2010 Accord Crosstour, 2001-2011 Civic, 2002-2011 CR-V, 2003-2004, 2006-2008 and 2011 Element, 2007 and 2009-2013 Fit, 2010-2012 Insight, 2002-2004 Odyssey, and 2012 Ridgeline vehicles. The front passenger air bag may have been installed incorrectly during replacement.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the passenger frontal air bag module assembly, free of charge. The recall began June 22, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are K1P, and M1O.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V268000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1335
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
May 24 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2005-2011 Acura RL, 2005-2006 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007-2008 Fit, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2002-2004 Odyssey, and 2006-2011 Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or that have ever been registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Honda is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2005-2008 Acura RL, 2005-2006 Honda CR-V, 2003-2008 Element, 2007-2008 Fit, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2002-2004 Odyssey, and 2006-2008 Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or that have ever been registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Honda is recalling model year 2002-2004 Odyssey and model year 2003-2004 Acura MDX, Honda Element, and Honda Pilot vehicles originally sold, or registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began June 27, 2016. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are KA0, KA1, KA2, and KA3.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V344000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1790894
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jun 15 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the passenger seat occupant or other occupants possibly causing serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2001-2005 Honda Civic vehicles manufactured March 21, 2000, to January 20, 2005, 2001-2004 Honda Civic GX vehicles manufactured June 14, 2000, to August 19, 2004, 2003-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles manufactured February 24, 2002, to January 18, 2005, 2003-2007 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured February 21, 2002, to August 28, 2007, 2002-2004 Honda CR-V vehicles, 2002-2003 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured June 19, 2001, to July 12, 2003, 2003 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured September 19, 2002, to June 19, 2003, 2003 Honda Element vehicles manufactured June 25, 2002, to July 31, 2003, and 2003 Honda Pilot vehicles manufactured November 26, 2001, to August 21, 2003. The affected vehicles have a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on July 1, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JS1 and JS2. Note: Vehicles that have already received a replacement passenger air bag inflator as part of the recall remedy for an earlier campaign such as 14V353 or 14V700 (Honda recall numbers S95, JH6, JH7, JH8, JH9, JJ0, JJ1, JJ2, JJ6, JM5 and JM6) are not included in this recall. However, this recall does supersede 13V132 and 14V349. Note: On December 18, 2015 Honda informed NHTSA of an expansion of this recall to include certain model year 2004 Honda CR-V vehicles in addition to additional model year 2003 CR-V vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V370000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3498481
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
May 28 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2001-2004 Honda Civic GX, 2003-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on July 1, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238, select option 4. Note: Vehicles that have had their driver frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy prior to September 12, 2014 need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well. Vehicles that, on or after September 12, 2014, received a remedy for a prior driver frontal air bag inflator recall already received an inflator of a different design, and therefore are not included in this recall and do not require additional servicing. Note: This recall fully supersedes recalls 08V-593, 09V-259, 10V-041, 11V-260, 14V-351 and 15V-153.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V320000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6281043
AIR BAGS
Nov 04 2014
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger¿s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2003-2004 Civic CNG and Element, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Accord, Pilot, Civic Hybrid, and Acura MDX, 2005 Acura RL and 2006 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa are addressed by this recall. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.Note: This recall supersedes safety recall 14V-353, with the exception of vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in California.Those vehicles will continue to be addressed, and a free remedy provided, under that safety recall campaign.This recall also includes vehicles in the specific geographic areas listed above that were included within safety recalls 13V-132 and 14V-349.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V700000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 0
AIR BAGS
Jun 20 2014
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger¿s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
American Honda Motor Company, Inc.'s (Honda) is conducting a limited regional recall for certain model year 2003-2005 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Pilot and Acura MDX, model year 2003-2004 Odyssey and Element, and model year 2005 Acura RL, and 2006 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in California, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during August 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V353000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 133207
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Aug 05 2010
REMOVAL OF THE IGNITION KEY WHEN THE GEAR SELECTOR OF A VEHICLE WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION HAS NOT BEEN SHIFTED TO THE PARK POSITION CAN ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO ROLL AWAY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2003 HONDA ACCORD, CIVIC TWO AND FOUR DOOR, AND MODEL YEAR 2003-2004 HONDA ELEMENT VEHICLES. THE INTERLOCK LEVER OF THE IGNITION SWITCH MAY UNEXPECTEDLY DEFORM, WHICH CAN ALLOW THE INTERLOCK FUNCTION OF A VEHICLE WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION TO BE DEFEATED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE ORIGINAL INTERLOCK PIN AND LEVER WITHIN THE IGNITION SWITCH, AND REPLACE THEM WITH NEW, DESIGNED COMPONENTS. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 7, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
For more information:
HONDA SAFETY RECALL NO. R44.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V364000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 551498
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
May 11 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
DOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY DOPE, INC.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E025000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42540
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Apr 07 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY SABERSPORT.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16270
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