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Avg. Price Paid: $12,252 - $15,476
Original MSRP: $20,275 - $25,770
MPG: 20 City / 25 Hwy
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2009 Honda Element Recalls & Reliability

Recalls

There has been 1 safety recall issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRINGRecall Date: 08/31/2012
  • Consequence: Without trailer turn signal illumination, the driver's intent is not communicated, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 12V436000
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,216
  • Summary: Honda is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2011 Element passenger vehicles equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness. The wire that supplies power to the trailer turn signal lights was inadvertently switched with the stop lamp wire. As a result the turn signals only illuminate when the brake lamps are illuminated. This does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 20, 2012. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
  • Notes: Honda's recall campaign number is S53. 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.

Reliability

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Warranty

Note that warranty coverage that came with the vehicle when it was new may not transfer to subsequent owners. Check with the manufacturer to see if a warranty may still apply.

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