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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,500 miles

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1998 Mercury Mystique seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 072005

Mystique 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


Contact' sson seat belt broke during an accident and he was ejected from the car. This happened on 7-7-05. There were no problems with the seat belt prior to the accident. She took pictures of the accident. She took pictures of the seat belt itself. The clip that went into the buckle was missing some of its parts and the buckle was bent. He was hit on the right hand side of the car and totaled the car. He was traveling approx. 30 mph. He broke his neck, had seven broken ribs and punctured his lung and has a broken collar bone. The vehicle was a 1998 and was in excellent condition and the mother states all of the recalls that were suppose to have been done on the car were done and she has all of the records on it. She has not yet contacted the dealer or the manufacturer. There is a police report and she believes that the police report states that the seat belt broke.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 041999

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle was hit on front passenger's side, and front seatbelts did not lock up, causing injuries to driver and front seat passenger. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Dublin, OH, USA

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