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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,667 miles

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1998 Cadillac Catera seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Cadillac Catera Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 042010

Catera

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My wife was driving our 1998 Cadillac Catera when another car ran a stop sign forcing my wife's car into a collision T-boning the other car. The approximate speed of our car during the impact was at least thirty miles per hour. Our Cadillac was written off in the accident however even though this was a hard front end collision there was no airbag deployment in our car. My wife sustained some injuries however because she was wearing her seat belt she was released from the hospital 4 days later!

- East Walpole, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 132003

Catera

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving the vehicle at 45mph and with no warning both front air bags deployed. Dealer notified.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 162002

Catera

  • miles
Airbag failed to deploy. $7,440 damage my vehicle. Other vehicle (2002 Pontiac Grand Am) was total loss.

- Centreville, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 191999

(reported on)

Catera

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer was on an exit ramp at about 30-40 mph, when she lost control and hit the guardrail, damaging the front and side of vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- St. Paul Park, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 231998

Catera

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving on highway at approximately 42 mph on normal road condition all of a sudden had to apply emergencey brakes, but rear ended vehicle in front. Impact was done at approximately 35 mph. Neither air bags of consumer's vehicle depolyed. Dealer notified.

- Galena, IL, USA

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problem #1

Sep 231998

Catera

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving on highway at approximately 42 mph on normal road condition all of a sudden had to apply emergencey brakes, but rear ended vehicle in front. Impact was done at approximately 35 mph. Neither air bags of consumer's vehicle depolyed. Dealer notified.

- Galena, IL, USA

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