SRS Light Due to Faulty Wire Harness For Seat Belts on Honda Element

On some models a faulty wire harness for the seat belts can cause the SRS light to illuminate. Replacing the faulty wire harness should correct this issue.

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Average mileage: 115,096 (1,800–220,000)
5 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007
68 people reported this problem
36 people shared problem details
2004 Honda Element160,000
Airbag light stays on. Honda wants $100 just to hook it up to their machine to read the code!!!So the manufacturer,Honda, puts out a faulty product,usually a defective seatbelt harness, then charges you through the nose to diagnose and fix the problem...on top of all that, it is a safety feature that could save your life...and they won't even tell you why it malfunctioning unless you pay $100. There are hundreds of cases online about this problem!SHAME on you Honda!
2004 Honda Element115,000
SRS light came on. I looked up how to reset in and easily did so. It came back on so at the next dealer service they checked it. I was told that the error code was not conclusive but they were pretty sure the srs controller needed to be replaced ($800!). I balked and told them if they were not sure then they could experiment with their own money. They declined. Ten thousand miles later and I'm back at the dealer and explained to a different service writer the situation. I had to be quite blunt and forceful to get him to understand that I wanted a diagnostician, not an oil changer to check this out. Wouldn't you know it; they found the fault code for the seat belt harness (a warranty repair) instead of simply replacing parts at my expense until they found the right one.
2005 Honda Element169,000
Airbag / seat belt light came on about the time the airbag recall came out. Because it was the seat belt connector failure, Honda said the part was under a lifetime warranty and repair was free.
2005 Honda Element143,000
SRS light on the front passenger seat remains illuminated, when no one is sitting in the seat.
The SRS light kept coming on. Honda replaced drivers side buckle 3 times obviously not fixing problem then Tech said he rerouted wires adding zip tie to be more away from track and handle and problem has been fixed now for years and an additional 80K miles. BTW, someone asked if Honda would cover this later with more mileage and out of warranty. I recall reading somewhere that safety systems tech bulletins due to design faults and recalls are covered forever.Check with the NHSTA to find out. At the very least you can get it done free if you shout loud enough so people in the sales showroom can hear! ;-)
2004 Honda Element130,900
One week after Honda replaced the faulty airbag on the driver's side, the SRS warning light came on and stayed on. Honda ran a diagnosis and determined that the driver side seat belt buckle needed to be replaced; they ordered the part, and will call me when the part comes in. They aren't charging for any of the parts, labor, etc.
2003 Honda Element113,000
I've had this problem on and off for about a year. I just took my 2003 Odyssey in for a dual recall involving 1) Takata air inflator and 2) SRS control unit. Still I have the problem with the SRS light coming on intermittently. Honda gave me the diagnostic codes for the problem, reporting that it was the seatbelt harness assembly that's causing the problem...but they won't cover it!
2005 Honda Element183,000
2004 Honda Pilot srs light came on. Someone mentioned NHSTA, went on website and very happy I did! Checked my vehicle by using VIN and there is an outstanding recall that has not been done. The SRS light is for the airbag that can rupture at any time! There are metal fragments that can come out and kill the driver and passengers. I called honda dealer today about light before knowing about this and they told me $114.00 to have it checked out. Well NHSTA tells me its free its under recall. I have special needs children and I can also get a rental till its fixed. THANK YOU for the person who mentioned NHSTA! I would have never known or else I would have to make a big loud scene so that the salesperson can hear me about saftey issue!! LOL...
2004 Honda Element150,000
I have the same problem as the others but I have 167,000 miles on my car. I will try to see if Honda will fix, any chance I can fix myself
2003 Honda Element156,000
SRS light stays on
Drivers side dummy light (picture of driver with deployed airbag with circle & line through it) has been on for about 75,000 miles. Dealer won't look at itŵ a $250 minimum charge.
2006 Honda Element38,430
SRS light -- code 4-1. Dealer reported that seatbelt tensioner was under warranty but "wire harness" would be $260.
2003 Honda Element150,000
Fixed at honda dealership under lifetime warranty.
2004 Honda Element107,000
not fixed yet because there are no seat belts for this in town
Was fixed once before but it soon came back.... Never got fixed again
2005 Honda Element1,800
It has not been fixed. The dealership said it was a buckle sensor that they said they replaced twice, even though I overheard the technician say he reset the sensor because he was told the buckle was replaced less than two months before. Was it? Or did that technician just reset the sensor as well? As soon as I buckled the belt, the light came back on and I immediately notified them.
2005 Honda Element117,000
My srs light came on one day and stays on. I have a 2005 Honda Element ex 4wd. I see that the solution is to replace the wiring harness. Excellent news I will order from Majestic Honda their prices are low.
2005 Honda Element151,000
The SRS light stays on, haven't corrected as yet
2005 Honda Element103,000
Srs light stays on
2003 Honda Element60,000
Never got it fixed.
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