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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Mercury Cougar seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Mercury Cougar Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 122011


  • 128,000 miles


Driving car to class last week, recently bought it within the past year. Was pulling into a parking spot in a parking garage going maybe 5 mph. Was creeping up into the spot and the airbags deployed out of nowhere, cracking my windshield and getting smoke and an awful smell into my car. I also will be wearing a wrist brace for the next 6 weeks due to an injury that the airbags caused.

- Hartford City, IN, USA

problem #1

Apr 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
While driving 30 mph consumer hit a pile of sand and lost control, causing the vehicle to role twice. Vehicle landed upside down. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries.

- Mitchell, IN, USA

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