After having made up our mind to get an Element over a CRV, we discover that the Element has no side air bags. After much research on the many Element owner sites, we discover that the side airbags will soon be available. Lo and behold, only in the US. My wife spoke to someone at Honda head office and was told that since the Element already has a five star safety rating the side airbags will not be introduced here in Canada. Am I understanding this correctly ? Is the safety of Canadians not as important as that of the Americans. I would happily pay more to have the side airbags but Honda says "sorry". We currently have one Honda product and are very impressed with it. We were on our way to becoming a faithful Honda family by adding the Element but this has put a major damper in my opinion of Honda as a safety concious company. I am so disgusted by this that I am now considering getting something completely different.