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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2004 Saturn Vue seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 152010


  • 35,000 miles


2004 Saturn Vue, rear seat, middle, seatbelt doesn't stay latched. I was carpooling some kids and it appeared that the seat belt latched, but when we came to a quick stop, the seatbelt was not actually engaged. It was a false latch condition. Now there is a recall on Saturn outlooks due to similar condition.

- Denville, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 012009


  • 10,000 miles
My steering column is gone out took it in to get it looked at. Then the shop called Saturn and they where told that they were having several problems with the steering column. Now for about six months my seat belts don't work they keep snapping out of the holder the seat belt light flashes when you have your seat belt on. And also we are having problems with our passenger door getting stuck and not opening. We have two small children and a teenager. Help us please.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 112005

Vue 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I was stopped at a stop sign behind another vehicle in my 2004 Saturn Vue when a Suburban rear-ended me at approximately 40+ miles per hour. I then hit the SUV that was stopped in front of me - and we both went approximately 100 feet forward from the stop sign. The impact totaled my truck to the point of the rear was crushed to the back seat and the front frame was broken in half with about a 1 inch gap. My issues with the safety are: The drivers side seat broke nearly all the way back into the rear seat to the right with the seat sliding back and forth. The air bags did not deploy - yes, I was originally rear-ended - however the impact to the front was extensive as well. The driver's seat belt did not engage causing me to hit my face and head against the steering wheel causing severe neck pain (a cervical sprain) and a broken nose requiring surgery to repair.

- Spring, TX, USA

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