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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
147,250 miles

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2002 Mazda Tribute seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #4

May 242016


  • 156,000 miles


I went to buckle my son's carseat in and the buckle came out of the seat. And I moved him to a different buckle and that one came out to and then the next seat buckle came out as well.

- Park Hills, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 072016


  • 160,000 miles
My airbag warning light has been flashing on and off for a while now. I removed the items under the seat and the lights went off and worked for almost a month. All of a sudden the lights are now flashing again, even though there are no items below my seats. I was able to search online and see that there have been many issues with the seatbelt pretensioners and/or the connections below the seat that need to be wiggled or disconnected and then re-plugged in to make the light go out. It has happened in all situations including stationary, in motion, on the highway, or in the city.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 042014


  • 166,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the front passenger's side seat belt seized. The contact also stated that he attempted to switch the rear seat belt with the front passenger's side seat belt and discovered that both rear seat belts were seized as well. The vehicle was was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 166,000.

- Potosi, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 222008

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The contact noticed that the front air bag indicator remained illuminated. He took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic, and error codes were produced for the front passenger air bag retractor circuit and the seat belt light device. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 107,000 and current mileage was 108,640. Updated 02/05/09 updated 02/09/09.

- Green Backville, VA, USA

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