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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,772 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.

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #12

May 222008

Lancer 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

I was in my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and was driving about 35-40 miles an hour and hit a Yukon head on. My car is completely crumpled and the air bag did not deploy. This is the second major front end accident I have had with this vehicle (the previous one in 2002) and both times, the air bag did not deploy. Nothing was done by Mitsubishi either time to correct the situation. I was fortunate enough to be able to walk away from both but I worry that others may not be so lucky if this were to happen to them.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 312007

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
1) I was driving South down the road at 25-30 mph, and another car was waiting to pull out of a parking lot on my right, he was going to turn left (North). - he says he didn't see me and pulled out in front of me and I T-boned him. 2)his airbags deployed, but mine did not. The accident was significant enough that they should have deployed. 3) nothing has been done to correct the failure, the car is going to the body shop today.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #10

Apr 052005

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,176 miles
I was traveling at 30-34 mph and a intrepid pulled out in front of me and I slammed head on to her driver's side front tire. My seat belts didn't lock resulting in me hitting my chest on the steering wheel and my son in the back seat to hit his head on the back of the passenger front seat. My airbags didn't deploy resulting in my pelvic bone to shift and me to receive whiplash and a buldge in my lower back. The impact of the crash resulted in my car being totaled.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #9

Apr 062005

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,003 miles

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

I went into a ditch (was run off the road) passenger door hit a pole, air bag did not deploy and passenger fractured her collar bone. This happened in 2005. Also the blow motor has rusted and needs to be replaced, I found out through the internet that water flows into the motor through the wipers. It cost over $400. To replace the motor.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 262004

Lancer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in a major accident yesterday 8/26/04 and neither of my frontal airbags deployed. With the impact that the car took there is no way that the air bags would not deploy!

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #7

Jun 132004

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
I was driving down a street in my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and as I approached a green light I noticed that the driver of an Acura was not stopping for his red light. I slammed on the brakes but unfortunately I hit the passenger side of his car. The accedent caused my car to turn 90 degrees to the right. I got out of my vehicle after checking on my passenger and thats when I realized that the airbags in my vehicle didn't deploy. My passenger and I were both injured and are being treated for injuries. I am not very happy with the performance of my vehicle in that it failed to provide the protection that the airbags were designed to provide. If the airbags had deployed my passenger and I wouldn't have been thrown around like ragdolls in the vehicle. My car was totaled as a result of the accident.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 262004

Lancer

  • 49,090 miles

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

While driving 33 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy. Passenger sustained a broken collar bone.

- Jackson, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012003

Lancer

  • miles
Vehicle was totaled in a head on collision, but airbags failed to deploy. The driver didn't sustain any injuries. Consumer questioned why didn't the air bags deploy. (father on behalf on his daughter).

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 072003

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle 't-boned' a taxi causing extensive front end damage. Airbags did not deploy.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012003

Lancer

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a single car head-on collision into a ditch. Neither the front driver or passenger air bags deployed.

- Kittrell, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 202002

Lancer

  • miles
Consumer states travelling approx 25-30mph and rear-ended another vehicle. Both driver and passenger air bags did not deploy.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 182002

Lancer

  • miles
While driving at 30mph during a head on collision, none of the air bags deployed.

- Freeland, PA, USA

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