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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Cadillac DeVille seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments

problem #18

Oct 222005

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact's daughter was driving when the front air bags deployed. The contact's daughter said she did not run over anything in the road or impacted another vehicle or object. A police report was not taken, but they confirmed there was nothing in the road she ran over to cause the air bags to deploy. The dealer was inspecting the vehicle to determine the reason why the air bags deployed.

- Mcleansboro, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 062001

DeVille

  • miles
Direct side impact causing $10000 damage- airbags did not deploy.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 062001

DeVille

  • miles
Direct side impact causing $10000 damage- airbags did not deploy.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 172001

(reported on)

DeVille

  • miles

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

Cadillac issued a safety recall for 1998 & 1999 sedan Deville in Sept. 2000 relating to the possible unintended activation of the driver's and passenger side air bags and the risk of injury or death as a result. I purchased a '98 sedan Deville on Oct. 6, 2000 and the ettleson Cadillac salesman at no time told me the vehicle was subject to a safety recall and that we might be in danger driving the car. Until the sensor modules were replaced. I drove 1,200 miles back to Colorado and did not learn of the danger until two weeks later through articles in the New York times and wall street journal. When I wrote the salesman asking why he did not warn me he declared--hard to believe--that he was unaware of any safety recall. (I would not have bought the car in that condition, of course, and he probably realized that.) when I wrote ettleson's general manager, larry smolinski, to complain about his dealership selling a defective vehicle without warning me of the possible danger, smolinski did not bother to reply to my letter. How would a government Agency respond if walmart were to sell toasters that were a known fire hazard and not even warn its customers" if a recall were ordered for a dangerous toy could toys R us continue to sell it" this dealership should be reprimanded by your Agency for this dangerous practice.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #14

Dec 142000

DeVille

  • miles
Was traveling 25mph or higher on a Kentucky road failed to make a curb, and vehicle slid on a patch of ice. Hit a rock hard, jumped into a ditch. Air bags failed to deploy. Was in ditch for 12 hours. Vehicle was laying on its side. Driver sustained a cracked elbow.

- Chaffee, MO, USA

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problem #13

Jan 232000

DeVille

  • miles
Front passenger side air bag deployed for no apparent reason. Yh (false deployment)

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #12

Nov 151999

DeVille

  • miles

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

PE99061, passenger, S "side door airbag" deployed unexpectedly while driving, causing injuries to the passenger. Dealerr could nott determine cause of the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 151999

DeVille

  • miles
PE99061, passenger, S "side door airbag" deployed unexpectedly while driving, causing injuries to the passenger. Dealerr could nott determine cause of the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 071999

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on highway 55mph the passenger's side airbag deployed for no apparent reason. Prior to that, airbag warning light came on and was serviced by the dealer.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #9

Oct 071999

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on highway 55mph the passenger's side airbag deployed for no apparent reason. Prior to that, airbag warning light came on and was serviced by the dealer.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #8

Aug 031999

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Upon starting vehicle by placing the key in the ignition, passenger's side door mounted air bag deployed without any cause. Also, a week following the air bag deploying, air bag indicator light was flashing on the dashboard. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer has disconnected the passenger's side mounted air bag. Manufacturer contacted. Repairs made.

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 031999

DeVille

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon starting vehicle by placing the key in the ignition, passenger's side door mounted air bag deployed without any cause. Also, a week following the air bag deploying, air bag indicator light was flashing on the dashboard. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer has disconnected the passenger's side mounted air bag. Manufacturer contacted. Repairs made.

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 291999

DeVille

  • miles
Consumer was backing out from his garage, and both airbags went off. The dealership came out to pick up the car and they told him nothing about his airbags.

- Tecumsell, KS, USA

problem #5

Jul 291999

DeVille

  • miles
Consumer was backing out from his garage, and both airbags went off. The dealership came out to pick up the car and they told him nothing about his airbags.

- Tecumsell, KS, USA

problem #4

Aug 261999

DeVille

  • miles
Passenger's side airbag deployed although there was no impact.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 261999

DeVille

  • miles
Passenger's side airbag deployed although there was no impact.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 131999

DeVille

  • miles
Drivers side impact air bag deployed without any impact or other known cause.

- Highlands, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 301998

DeVille

  • miles
Consumer's wife was taking off from a stop sign, reached 5 mph and the air bag red light came on, the air bag then deployed. No injuries were sustained because of speed consumer was traveling.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

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