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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
67,737 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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2004 Mazda Tribute seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Mazda Tribute Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 122011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda ZH98 (na). While driving 30 mph, the driver crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a broken arm that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the driver's residence. The body damage was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #12

Jul 082015


  • 142,000 miles
I was slowing down to stop behind another car at a red light and my car slowed down but did not fully stop. I barely bumped the car in front of me at probably less than 5 miles per hour but my air bags went off. There was no damage to my car other than the air bags exploding and my insurance company wants to total my car because of the air bags exploding. I have second degree burns and a cut from the air bag.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #11

Apr 122015

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Side impact on the drivers side, and the side airbag did not deploy. The steering wheel cracked, you can see the air bag but it did not deploy either....updated 05-27-15 the driver of the vehicle was killed. Updated 07/07/15

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 152014

Tribute 4WD 6-cyl

  • 129,075 miles


On July 15 I was driving at a low speed and my air bag light came on. It randomly flashes and sometimes stays on for 2 to 3 days. It has not been fixed due to the cost of repairing it. If the air bag explodes while I am driving this could be fatal to myself, my 1 year old son and my 12 year old son. Every Mazda SUV / truck from 2004 has a recall except mine. The recall needs to extend to the Tribute because there is obviously a serious issue that's needs to be corrected.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 132014

Tribute 4-cyl

  • miles
Concerning takata/Mazda airbag recall, I purchased my used 2004 Mazda Tribute dx from Santa Fe (nm) Mazda Volvo dealer October 2006. Then I shipped it via crowley shipping to my permanent residence in St. John, U.S. virgin islands...where it has been continually in use from 2007-to present. St. john, us virgin islands is a high humidity area. Your online recall qualifying area mentions just puerto rico, so before I am diverted or put off by Mazda, I wish to know if I actually qualify. On top of this, at time of purchase it was not pointed out to me that the used car was an official "lemon law buyback. I did not see the plaque affixed to the frame of the car until after it was shipped here and I was washing top to bottom to get shipping sea salt off. I am 70 and live alone, never even occurred to me to think of such a thing. I have had to replace all of the major parts of the car over the last 7 years, so now I am really worried about the air bag.

- St John, VI, USA

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problem #8

Jan 012014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The independent mechanic was unable to determine the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Harvest , AL, USA

problem #7

Aug 022013


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. The contact was driving 5 mph and crashed into the rear bumper of another vehicle's bumper. The driver and passenger's side air bags deployed and the contact sustained whip lash, back, and wrist injuries from the air bag deployment. The contact stated that the air bags should have not have deployed at such low speed. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home and was neither diagnosed for the cause of the failure nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Gleafon, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 152010

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Tribute. While parked, the contact noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated and would continue illuminating intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000....updated 10/10/12 the consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer, where Mazda paid half of the repair cost of the air bag connector. Updated 10/16/12

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 202010

Tribute 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Air bag light started blinking and now remains on. The 2004 Mazda Tribute has been in a normal manner and only has 61,000 miles.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 212009


  • 75,000 miles
Front air bag sensor keeps going off factory wont claim defect parts paying costly out of pocket repairs still under warranty "just not those parts".

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 182008

Tribute 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,400 miles


Air bag warning light. Dealer diagnosis was that code B1877 and B1994 need 2 harnesses for side air bags and 2 harnesses for pretensioner. Vehicle has never been in accident. Well maintained iaw manufacturer recommendations. If this is a frequent problem perhaps the manufacturer should issue a recall. Estimated cost to repair $900.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 282007

Tribute 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
I have had air bag harness replaced three times now and according to Mazda it has now caused my air bag module to short out. This would seem to be a safety recall which Mazda does not want to own up to. I am concerned for safety of passenger in car and cost for replacement is becoming absorbent and any investigation into this safety concern would be appreciated.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,100 miles
While driving on freeway at approximately 75 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a roll over. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. The front doors were impacted yet the air bags did not deploy.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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