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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,760 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.

2001 Mercury Sable seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 032011

Sable 6-cyl

  • 123,800 miles


While driving 45 mph struck a deer dead center of the front end. No airbags deployed. Car immediately cut off but coasted. Driver has minor back discomfort. Still waiting to hear if the car will be totaled out or repaired.

- Tobaccoville, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 042001

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact's vehicle was hit in the front at 50-60 mph while making a left hand turn. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled. A police report taken. All four passengers sustained injuries;. the contact had a fractured spine, and the others sustained bruising and whiplash. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic to determine why the airbags did not deploy.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 232005

Sable 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in a head on collision at 30 mph, the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled. There has been no inspection as to why the airbag did not deploy. The contact injured her left shoulder, neck and right hand. She was in therapy for three months. A police report was taken.

- Princeton , IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
While driving 55 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained a compound fracture to the right thigh, and many other major injuries.

- Frankford, DE, USA

problem #1

Apr 132002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front collision at 45-50 mph, neither airbag deployed. No injuries. Vehicle was totalled.

- Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

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