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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #18

Sep 212005

Eclipse

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After crashing in a Mitsubishi Eclipse the airbags were deployed and the passenger side airbag caught fire. To fix this problem the fire department had to pull apart the dash in order to remove the wires from the airbag.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #17

Apr 252001

Eclipse

  • miles
Air bag prematurely deployed which knocked me out, causing me to lose control over car and after that I got into an accident.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #16

Nov 222000

Eclipse

  • miles
I was involved in a head on collision going about 40 miles per hour. I was immediatley transported to the hospital and could not look at the car for about a week. Once I saw the car I figured that the airbags must have deployed. However, I was wrong. The person that fixed my car got a scmatic that showed where the airbag sensors were supposed to be. There was no sensors in that location. I made sure that one the sales slip that it stated that the car did have airbags, and indeed it did. Today, Feb. 15, 2001 I noticed in several places on the net that mistubishi is now recalling 1.3 million cars becasue of defaulty airbags and the Eclipse is one of them. I have contacted the dealer and they refuse to provide service for me. Can anyone help me? can anyone investigate the dealership. I have heard that a lot of people do not like renn kirby and I have had so many problems with them.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #15

Nov 222000

Eclipse

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Was traveling about 40mph on a side street and another vehicle veered into cpnsumer's vehicle from side and T-boned vehicle. Airbags didn't go off. Consumer sustained minor injuries.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #14

Aug 042000

Eclipse

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph had a direct frontal impact with another vehicle. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy, it did not protect occupants in the crash. Dealer and manufacturer were not willing to help or investigate the problem. No prior problems with the airbag system.

- Brooklyn, OH, USA

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problem #13

Jun 142000

(reported on)

Eclipse

  • miles
While making a turn another vehicle rerarended consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, driver's air bag failed to deploy.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #12

Jan 042000

Eclipse

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 45 mph had a direct frontal impact, and driver's/passenger's airbags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants in this crash. Driver/passenger sustained injuries, and vehicle was totaled.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 162000

Eclipse

  • miles
I was driving to manchester from concord. I hit a patch of snow or black ice, I couldn't tell, and hit a guardrail head-on going approximately 55 miles per hour. The front end of my car was pushed in and the frontal impact was strong enough to pop open the trunk. My airbags did not deploy and I almost went through the windshield. I didn't happen to have my seatbelt on this time. The only thing that kept me from going through the windshield was the fact that I sit so close to the steering wheel that my legs caught on it and pushed me down. My head hit the wheel and then bounced back to hit the metal bars on my headrest whereas it had popped up on impact. I was transported by ambulance to the hospital where I was treated for minor concussion, bruised ribs, and back and neck pain. The back and neck pain are still here and I am taking medication for it. I have asked the manufacturer about it and they are giving me run-around answers. I do not think that it should take more than that to set off the sensors. Anymore and it could have been fatal. I am very thankful noone was in the passenger seat or they very well might have been through the windshield. I have looked at the reports and have seen other complaints about the airbags, could you please investigate this it is serious and the manufacturer is telling me that if I want it investigated that I have to pay for it. Please E-mail me or feel free to contact me with any questions or results. Thank you.

- Moultonborough, NH, USA

problem #10

Jan 162000

Eclipse

  • miles
I was driving to manchester from concord. I hit a patch of snow or black ice, I couldn't tell, and hit a guardrail head-on going approximately 55 miles per hour. The front end of my car was pushed in and the frontal impact was strong enough to pop open the trunk. My airbags did not deploy and I almost went through the windshield. I didn't happen to have my seatbelt on this time. The only thing that kept me from going through the windshield was the fact that I sit so close to the steering wheel that my legs caught on it and pushed me down. My head hit the wheel and then bounced back to hit the metal bars on my headrest whereas it had popped up on impact. I was transported by ambulance to the hospital where I was treated for minor concussion, bruised ribs, and back and neck pain. The back and neck pain are still here and I am taking medication for it. I have asked the manufacturer about it and they are giving me run-around answers. I do not think that it should take more than that to set off the sensors. Anymore and it could have been fatal. I am very thankful noone was in the passenger seat or they very well might have been through the windshield. I have looked at the reports and have seen other complaints about the airbags, could you please investigate this it is serious and the manufacturer is telling me that if I want it investigated that I have to pay for it. Please E-mail me or feel free to contact me with any questions or results. Thank you.

- Moultonborough, NH, USA

problem #9

Jul 181999

Eclipse

  • miles
While driving on smooth lane, airbag light came on. Driver's and passenger's airbags deployed and caused the wheel to lock up. Wheel lugs: Nuts came off, causing a crash. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 181999

Eclipse

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on smooth lane, airbag light came on. Driver's and passenger's airbags deployed and caused the wheel to lock up. Wheel lugs: Nuts came off, causing a crash. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 121999

(reported on)

Eclipse

  • miles
Premature deployment of the air bag while driving, knocked consumer unconscious, causing consumer to have an accident. Dealer has not been contacted.

- Essex, VT, USA

problem #6

Nov 251998

Eclipse

  • miles
Consumer was driving at 20mph and had a front end collision with another vehicle, and the air ags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 251998

Eclipse

  • miles
Consumer was driving at 20mph and had a front end collision with another vehicle, and the air ags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 151998

Eclipse

  • miles
When vehicle was involved in a rear end crash traveling at 65 mph, there was no deployment of driver's or passenger's air bags.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 151998

Eclipse

  • miles
When vehicle was involved in a rear end crash traveling at 65 mph, there was no deployment of driver's or passenger's air bags.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 281998

Eclipse

  • miles
Air bag did not deploy during crash causing the driver's head to hit the steering wheel and suffer a mild concussion.

- Pinecraft, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 081998

Eclipse 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag did not deploy when vehicle slid in back of a mail truck at approximately 45 mph on a wet road condition. Dealer notified. Consumer sustained injuries on neck/shoulder/knee and chin.

- Tavernacle, NJ, USA

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