Honda Element Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Honda Element Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 116,077 (1,800–225,000)
5 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007
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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!
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
SRS light on the front passenger seat remains illuminated, when no one is sitting in the seat.
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.
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.
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.
SRS light -- code 4-1. Dealer reported that seatbelt tensioner was under warranty but "wire harness" would be $260.
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! ;-)
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!
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.
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.
I reported this problem Nov.2010, had the seat belt tensioner and the buckle replaced, both the driver and passenger side. Still have the light on dealer wants $400.00 to replace the wiring harness. I have wrote the dealer, Honda and NHTSA, the owners should not have to pay for this. Please report the problem, even if you have paid to fix it. The NHTSA will not push for a recall on the harness until they have enough complaints. would be where you need to start. I bought this vehicle because of the safety rating and reliability, I have 100,000 miles on it and plan on putting many more on. I should expect to feel safe in my car. I just cross my fingers and hope someone does not hit me.
Just got an estimate from Honda dealer to get the SRS light to turn off. Claims the wire harness (driver side) needs to be replaced: $1400. On a car bluebooking at $1800.
Seat belt light came on a while back. Several Honda dealers have said it isn't a warranty issue, but its imperative that I get it taken care of immediately. Costs 140 USD to find out the problem , then more to fix whatever is wrong. Seems to me a safety issue with their product should be taken care of at zero cost to consumers.
Had this problem for a while replaced driver side seat belt twice, driver side buckle once. Then they had some sort or air bag recall that they fixed. How less then a year since last fix the air bag light is on again. They told me it's passenger side seat belt this time. Getting so silly.
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...
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.