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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
156,724 miles

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1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 152015


  • 170,549 miles


Went to start my car seat belt blew up, smoke coming out now will not work will not can Mercedes make such a dangerous product and not be be sued for such a crappy dangerous product.this not a isolated or freak occurance have read numerous similar on line.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 262008

ML320 6-cyl

  • 142,900 miles
Failure of front driver's seatbelt assembly; a gunshot type noise and smoke occurred coming out of the seatbelt retractor area; seatbelt retractor broke causing the seatbelt to keep retracting tightening on person and the release on the seatbelt would not release causing injury; the event occurred within one minute of turning on car in parked position and as soon as seatbelt was put in the buckle.

- Eagan, MN, USA

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