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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,945 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Mazda Tribute seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

May 012007

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mazda Tribute. The contact received recall notice # 07V157000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module). He took the vehicle to the dealer to inspect the air bags because the indicator light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. He believes this failure is similar to the failure stated in the recall. The Mazda dealer will not do anything because the manufacturer must issue the recall. Mazda will not issue a recall unless they are pressured to do so by NHTSA. The contact has to pay $375 for the air bag indicator light. The mechanic replaced the wiring harness. When the light was illuminated, the air bags would not deploy due to the failed connection. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Beuamont, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 192005

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,500 miles
During the last 30 days, my airbag light has lit up. Mazda first replaced the passenger side restraint. The second time they replaced the control modular for the SRS. The third time, they claim a cable was loose, they tightened it. The dealer tells me it is an ongoing problem they have had with the 2003 and part of 2004 Tributes. However; they have offered me a free oil change so I wouldn't file a complaint.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 152004


  • miles
Consumer states that her air bag lights stays on all of the time. She states she has taken this vehicle back to the dealer 6-7 times, and has been told several different things that causes this problem. Once she says she was told that something is wrong with the retentioner, and they went in and reset the computer.

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #2

Apr 102004

Tribute 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light comes on and staying on for over a period 6months even with several services calls with this problem the air bag will not evn work in an accident situation.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 192003

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling at 50 mph vehicle traveling in front came to a dead stop, which resulted in a rear ended collsion. Upon impact, none of the airbags deployed.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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