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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
58,500 miles

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2002 Nissan Maxima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 122004

Maxima

  • miles

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

The contact reported a 2002 Nissan Altima. The driver was traveling at an unknown speed and became distracted, veering off the roadway. The driver maneuvered the steering wheel in various directions in an effort to regain control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled over approximately eight times. The driver was not injured however, a passenger was killed. The vehicle was inspected by state police who advised that at the time of the crash, the passenger's seat was reclined, causing the seat belt to fail to restrain the passenger effectively. The contact stated that after seven years of research she discovered that most passenger seats were unsafe when they were reclined. The contact wanted a warning to be placed on the visor of the vehicle alerting passengers to the danger, as well as possibly a mechanism that would not allow the seat to be adjusted once the vehicle was in motion. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was not available. Updated 2/1/2013

- Frankford, WV, USA

problem #1

Jan 222009

Maxima

  • 117,000 miles
I have a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE that I purchased new from a Nissan dealership. The vehicle is very well taken care of and has always been serviced by Nissan. Last week I was involved in an accident involving both the front and rear end. I was stopped behind a Ford minivan in traffic on us 78 in bremen, Georgia. While stopped I was struck in the rear by a Ford Taurus traveling approximately 40 miles per hour. That estimate is based on statements by the driver who also said he never saw me and did not apply the brakes. There were no skids present which substantiated his claim. The front of his vehicle collapsed the trunk of my vehicle and sent me into the minivan in front of me. My vehicle had substantial damage to the front and rear(I have pictures) and it was totaled. The airbag on the passenger side deployed protecting the passenger, however, the driver side airbag did not deploy. Also, the seatbelt did not catch and my face struck the steering wheel causing immediate bruising and swelling. I was taken to the er for X-rays which were negative thankfully, however, I've had severe headaches for the last week and I was told by my doctor that I will have to undergo a ct scan tomorrow. My complaint is regarding the failure of both the airbag and the seatbelt leading to my injuries. This complaint does not involve a lawsuit of any kind and I have no plans for any such action, however, there are many of these cars on the road and someone could be severely injured or killed should their safety systems fail. The vehicle is currently at the tow yard should you need to see it.

- Bremen, GA, USA

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