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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,429 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 Mitsubishi Montero seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments

problem #7

May 132006

Montero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle was involved in a front-end collision while driving at 70mph and the air bags did not deploy. The contact suffered minor bruising in the collision, and a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop, where the mechanic was unable to determine the problem.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 142004


  • 130,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph in the rain a deer ran in front of consumer's vehicle. Consumer swerved to avoid the deer and went into a ditch. Front of the vehicle struck a metal pole in a driveway and flipped over several times. Seat belts were worn at the time of the collision, but air bags did not deploy.

- Kittrell, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 192004


  • 45,000 miles
While driving 50 mph the vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. None of the frontal air bags deployed upon impact. As a result the consumer sustained injuries when her head hit the windshield and her chest hit the steering wheel.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172002


  • miles


Consumer states that in a front end collison the air bag did not deploy on impact causing injuries to driver and passenger.

- Little Ferry, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 122001

Montero 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was traveling 40mph when another vehicle came out in front unexpectedly, and vehicle was "T" boned. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver suffered abdominal/ leg, and neck injuries; front passenger suffered neck and hand injuries; and rear passenger suffered right knee and arm injuries. All received emergency treatment and released. Consumer stated that Mitsubishi motors were notified, first they sent out an inspector, the test was done on the vehicle, but could not found anything, again another mechanic was assigned and consumer is still awaiting the result.

- Elgin, TX, USA

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problem #2

Mar 162001

Montero 4WD

  • miles
My vehicle was stopped at a red light waiting for a green turn signal. Other vehicle failed to straighten after making a turn and hit my vehicle head-on. His speed approx.35, my speed 0. his airbags fired off. Mine did not. Dealer cannot get airbag system to reset properly while under repair. They seem unconcerned. I want to know if my airbags will work.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 022001

Montero 4WD

  • miles
Was involved in a head on collision with another vehicle traveling at 50mph and I was traveling at 50mph. The other car was totalled and my car is significantly damaged 50% of the front of the car and to the driver side door. Due to the newness of this car and minimal crash test information available, I am extremely concerned that the airbags did not deploy. I feel they should have and demand diagnostic testing and proof that the SRS is functioning properly. Most crash testing is performed at 30mph at which they do deploy. How do I get reassurance that this vehicle is safe and not malfunctioning?

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

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