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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,167 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.

1998 Mercury Sable seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 102015


  • 179,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Mercury Sable. While driving 35 mph, the brakes failed. Due to the brake failure, the vehicle was involved in a crash at an intersection with an oncoming vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact and passenger sustained injuries to the back and face that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,000.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #5

Apr 022005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver lost control of the vehicle due to road conditions, causing the front right corner to hit a wall on the ramp. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 252004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
While driving at any speed overdrive light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. This caused the speedometer to drop to zero, and the SRS light illuminated on the dashboard. Also, horn became inoperative. Vehicle was taken tot he dealer for inspection.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 072003

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


I was in an accident where I struck another vehicle broadside. My car's front end was totaled, along with the frame cracking. What did not happen was the airbag did not deploy. The car was a total lost.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 092003

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
The airbags and shoulder harness both failed in a front end collision at highway speed resulting in injuries to the driver.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

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problem #1

Jul 161999


  • miles
Manufacturer refuses to investigate air bag defect, along with the other problems. However, I am concern about driving around in a vehicle I thought was safe. Me and my children could have lost our lives to that 18 wheel truck. The truck struck both the fron and rear of my 1998 Sable and the bags did not deploy. Ford Consumer Affairs department stated to me that the vehicle was never on a call back and the manufacturer warranty expired. I had an extended warranty on my car at the time of the accident. I had this car tested when I first purchased it. It had some electrical and engine problems of which I held on to the invoices. I feel that the manufacturer is responsible for this defect. It undetermine if the car was defective at the time of purchase. But I can say it had electrical problems. Which may have affected the air bag sensors.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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