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I just took the time to track down how a rumor got started about the Honda Element having nearly double the towing capacity rating in Europe and in Japan. That is not a true fact, it is a simple and common situation of people who live in a country that uses the metric system making a typo when they re-posted the ratings for towing they saw in the manual for the vehicle. There were reviews done by people in the metric nations who were looking at the towing capacity of the USA made vehicle manuals in English that were stated as lb (pounds) and then instead of converting that weight symbol at the end of the 1500 to the actual measurement in kg (kilograms) they simply changed 1500lb to 1500kg. So doing the math 1500kg is 3,306.929lb. So someone in the USA who translated 1500kg back into lb could be lead to think that there was a much higher tow rating in Europe. This is how that rumor that in Europe and Japan the Element is rated for much higher towing capacity came into being, it is just a rumor, it is not fact. It is not rated any higher for towing capacity in other countries. This is an example of false specification information that was generated based solely on an error related to the abbreviation at the end of the 1500lb capacity. Errors made by reviewers who wrote articles about the Honda Element and what they saw in the owner's manual. There is NO official documentation saying that there is a different specification for the tow ratings in other countries. So please go to your other forums and stop this unfounded rumor that can create a significant safety issue or cause damage to someones Element. If you have spread this rumor around thinking it was true please take the time to correct it with further comments if you can. We can all become victims of an inadvertent typo from a reputable source. Sometimes our brain reads one thing and our fingers keyboard out another. I have certainly had that happen now and again. A failure in conversion from one measurement system to another happened at NASA when they had the Mars Probe crash https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-oct-01-mn-17288-story.html
 
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