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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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1998 Saturn SL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 192003

SL 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I was in an accident that totaled my car. I was only traveling 15-20 mph when I hit a car with no lights on. I had two passengers in my car. All of us sustained injury because the seatbelts did not lock up and hold us. My back set passenger was on the driver's side and she was rushed to the hospital with facial injuries that left a gash under her left eye and run burn all over her face. My front passenger went flying into the from widshield and his head hit at the top right corner. The belt restrained him inside of the vehicle as it stayed connected to the car but my front passenger only stoped as soon as the seatbelt extended as far as it could. I was driving and was pused down into the airbag by my passenger sitting behind me. I sustanined a small fracure that loosened my two front teeth. My back passenger is the only one to sustain damage from the actual seatbelt and it was arouund her stomach, which see was 7 monthes pregnat at the time. The baby is ok and she was released from the hospital the next morning.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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