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

Honda Element Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 114,587 mi (38,430 mi - 220,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    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!

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    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.

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  • 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! ;-)

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  • Visitor, , 143,000 mi

    SRS light on the front passenger seat remains illuminated, when no one is sitting in the seat.

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  • Visitor, , 38,430 mi

    SRS light -- code 4-1. Dealer reported that seatbelt tensioner was under warranty but "wire harness" would be $260.

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  • Visitor, , 151,000 mi

    The SRS light stays on, haven't corrected as yet

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  • Visitor, , 156,000 mi

    SRS light stays on

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  • Visitor, , 103,000 mi

    Srs light stays on

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    Never got it fixed.

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  • 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.

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