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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,600 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

Sep 262012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


The drivers seat belt does not latch (lock) properly. The belt has on numerous occasions became unfastened when driving. The drivers belt also does not retract after use.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 032011


  • miles
I own a 2001 Mercury Sable. At approximately 70,000 the driver's seat belt began to retract sporadically. At about 75,000 miles the seatbelt no longer retracted at all. The seatbelt still locks when pressure is put on it, but I am concerned about its safety.

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #3

Dec 082011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. While examining the front passenger side seat belt, the contact noticed that the seat belt would no longer retract back to its original position. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer and no repairs had been performed. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 87,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Malaga, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302010


  • miles
The seat belt retraction systems in almost all vehicles will fail to retract the seat belt after a few years of use. The seat belts then hang out the car or truck door and get smashed when the door is closed. The seat belt eventually gets frayed and loses some of it's ability to properly restrain when needed. The retraction spring weakens and no longer retracts the seat belt.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 282003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear middle seat belt would not pull out.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

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