10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 1
Average Mileage:
17,008 miles

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1997 Buick LeSabre seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1997 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #16

Dec 302009

LeSabre

  • 168,702 miles

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

I was driving to work early in the morning on a paved town road when the driver's side air bag suddenly deployed. A few seconds later, the passenger's side air bag also suddenly deployed. The air bags obstructed my vision both in front and on the side. I was able to pull the car off the road without getting into an accident, but this could have caused a crash because of my obstructed vision there was no injury involved. The car had passed a Maine safety inspection in May 2009, so there was no indication that a problem existed at the time that I purchased the car in June 2009 from a friend. The deployment of the air bags tore up the middle of the steering wheel and the dashboard on the passenger's side. The local dealership did nothing to correct the failure, but said the car should not be driven.

- East Machias, ME, USA

problem #15

Oct 212003

LeSabre

  • miles
While driving at 40 mph and without warning vehicle in front of consumer's vehicle came to a complete stop, causing consumer's vehicle to rear end the another vehicle. Upon impact, both front air bags did not deploy. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer.

- Hermiston, OR, USA

problem #14

Feb 112003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,418 miles
Malfunctioning air bag. We hit a deer and the impact deployed both front air bags. The passenger air bag came out at an angle so as to hit my husband, (who was in the passenger seat) in the groin area. The air bag ruptured his right testicle and he had to have surgery. This has caused us to owe some extensive medical bills at this point. We had insurance, but it will not pay all of the bills. I feel that we should not be responsible for any medical bills for this type of accident, since it was caused by the air bag not deploying as it should have.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #13

Apr 182000

LeSabre

  • miles

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

Consumer was traveling 30mph on road and another vehicle stalled in the middle of the road. Consumer was trying to avoid hitting the stalled vehicle. But, hit the other vehicle. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, there was 1 injury and one fatality.

- Monrovia, MD, USA

problem #12

Aug 041998

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer's vehicle bumped another vehicle at 5 mph and caused both air bags to deploy. Driver's hand received minor abrasins. Dealer / manufacturer notified. Feel free to provide any further details.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

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problem #11

Mar 281997

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver side air bag failed during collision.

- Fordyce, AR, USA

problem #10

Apr 202000

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • miles

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

Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which driver's air bag did not deploy. Cause unknown.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #9

Mar 312000

LeSabre

  • miles
Not my vehicle. Vehicle was involved in a traffic collision and the driver's airbag deployed. A fire broke out in the steering column after deployment. There was no apparent damage to the passenger section of the vehicle from the mild to moderate crash. Driver escaped apparent injury. This is the first fire resulting from an airbag deployment of which I am aware. This is an important life safety issue. L.a.co.F.D. incident report # 00-055018.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 172000

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer was traveling approximately 35-45mph and vehicle was hit on the passenger's side, and passenger's side air bag didn't deploy, drivers side did.

- Vinghamton, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 172000

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer was traveling approximately 35-45mph and vehicle was hit on the passenger's side, and passenger's side air bag didn't deploy, drivers side did.

- Vinghamton, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 211998

LeSabre

  • miles

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

Consumer went to park vehicle, going less 5 mph and accidently crashed into a wall. No damage to vehicle. Dual airbags deployed, causing face injuries.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 211998

LeSabre

  • miles
Consumer went to park vehicle, going less 5 mph and accidently crashed into a wall. No damage to vehicle. Dual airbags deployed, causing face injuries.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 281998

LeSabre

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and the airbags did not deploy. The windshield broke and the glass flew in the driver's face. The manufacturer has been notified.

- Foryce, AR, USA

problem #3

Mar 281998

LeSabre

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and the airbags did not deploy. The windshield broke and the glass flew in the driver's face. The manufacturer has been notified.

- Foryce, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 291997

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision, hitting a deer in which the driver's and passenger's air bags deployed, causing injuries to the occupants.

- Hudson Fall, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 291997

(reported on)

LeSabre

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision, hitting a deer in which the driver's and passenger's air bags deployed, causing injuries to the occupants.

- Hudson Fall, NY, USA

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