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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,462 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

Jan 032011

Montero 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I have had an issue with my truck because the horn quit working several years ago. I was told by the dealer multiple times that the airbag has a metal ring inside of it that makes contact to activate the horn when pressed. They claimed the ring has either deteriorated or broken internally and that is why the horn doesn't work and is a very common issue for years with these trucks. Based on the current recalls I am wondering if that also effects the airbags and if they will work properly or if there could be metal shards in there that when deployed could pose a safety issue.

- Addison, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 242014

Montero 6-cyl

  • 151,231 miles
Randomly the factory alarm goes off throughout the day with the horn blaring. After a while, the alarm drains the battery, even if it resets. Fuses have been changed, relays, and a reset by disconnecting the battery- to no avail.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 122014


  • miles
The horn stays on. Had to unplug it. It is part of the air bag in the steering wheel.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 232013

Montero 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles


The horn randomly sounds off during the night. I've discovered its a temperature thing. When its cold or the interior cools down the horns starts to blow, but when warm everything is fine. So mostly at night this occurs. This should be a recall! as the connection ring inside the airbag is clearly faulty. The only fix is to replace the air bag or pull the fuse to the horn. How is this safe? I just bought this car and found the horn didn't work. There was no fuse! so I replaced it and that's when the problems occurred. Clearly the fuse was missing for this very reason.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 102011

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
1) event leading to the failure is unknown. 2) the alarm system goes off for no reason at all times of day or night. Frequency is from minutes to several hours. The horn honks and lights flash until the alarm is reset or until the battery dies. 3) fuses removed but alarm still operates. Horns disconnected but lights still flash. The safety issue is that there is no way to turn off the alarm or disable the alarm without also turning off the horn. Reportedly, inorder to fix the problem a switch behind the air bag must be replaced which also requires replacing the airbag. Replacing the airbag is potentially dangerous and over $1000. There is no way to turn off the alarm in a safe manner. Consumers should be able to totally disarm or turn off the alarm system simply and safely.

- Butte, MT, USA

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problem #2

Apr 232004


  • miles
While driving 50 mph a deer ran in front of the vehicle and was hit. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver lost control of vehicle, it skidded into a guard rail, and flipped over before rolling down a hill. No injuries were reported. Vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 152004

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Roll over accident in 2001 Montero ltd. At 65 mph the truck was rolled over 2.5 times and ended up resting on the passenger side. Of the four airbags available, not one deployed. The driverS side rear passenger exterior door skin, passenger side front interior and exterior door skins were completely removed. The roof was resting on the steering wheel. Passenger side windshield pillar separated at body. DriverS side headrest bent at 90-degree angle towards hood. Pictures available upon request.

- Albany, NY, USA

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