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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,333 miles

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1998 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 252003


  • miles


Hi! I got in a small accident. Nothing even happened to the car, it has no dents at all. It was a crash at low speed the airbags got activated anyways which would be ok if the following didnt occur. I had my seat belt on. My friend was driving my car and I was in the passenger side. All I recall is the airbag releasing and soon after having intensive bleeding all around my face. I was taken immediatly to a hospital and had to get 8 stiches in my eyelid of my left eye. Also I got several scars in my cheeks and foreheads. The airbag seemed to have burned right threw my skin, also tearing my eye lid area. I have lost 5 vision in my left eye. And have a cut in my cornea, and retina. I use to have 20/20 vision and now have 15/20. I also have several scars till todays date which are noticible. My eye doctor told me my left eye pupil will remain large most certainly for the rest of my life. There for I have a normal pupil and a large one which was caused by the accident. The airbag damaged my face very much. I am a 19 year old teen with permanent wounds because of the force of an airbag which wasnt even necessary for it wasnt a big crash. Nothing happened to neither car. Everything just happened to me.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 082003


  • 70,000 miles
While driving at 30/35 mph, vehicle was in a frontal collision, and none of the airbags deployed upon impact. Vehicle was totaled.

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 241998


  • miles
My son wrecked my car when he attempted to make an unsafe left turn. The speed of the vehicles were about 10 mph for the Nissan and about 40 mph for the other vehicle (Ford Explorer). The front of the Nissan is gone and the airgabs didn't deploy. Luckily, they were not needed and there were no injuries, but I feet that the impact should have activated them. I talked to the dealer and asded that they send someone to look at the car but they have not taken my request seriously. I just got a number for Nissan Corp that I plan to call.

- Imperial, CA, USA

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