really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,649 miles

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2002 Lincoln LS seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Lincoln LS Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 312011

LS 8-cyl

  • 95,947 miles


Well I was driving down the freeway when all of sudden for no apparent reason there was an explosion in the passenger seat next to me. I was shocked by the loudness and I just sort of sat there in a daze and as I looked over I noticed white dust everywhere completely filling the cab of my car. I was driving so I had to split my attention between the road and this explosion next to me. Just as I began to come around to my full senses I noticed I was partially deaf in one ear from the blast and also somewhat blinded by the amount of smoke and powder which filled the cab. I realized that the best thing would be to pull over since my initial reaction to the blast was that my car was on fire. I couldn't get to the shoulder of the freeway since I was in the fast lane. I opened the sunroof and this allowed most of the powder and smoke to escape from the top of the car. Finally with some of the smoke cleared I was able to Focus on the road and also do a quick assessment of the blast which had just occurred in my vehicle with me in it while I'm driving. I saw the cause of the blast was the passenger side seat airbag had deployed. I saw how the whole seat had been shifted by the blast and how the seat itself had been completely destroyed. What I saw was the canvas colored bag releasing a whiter powder like a volcano as the pressure escaped from the bag to deflate. I still have a slight ringing in my ears. I hope the ringing goes away soon. My passenger seat is destroyed and I have absolutely no responsibility behind this what-so-ever. What can I do?

- California, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 222004

LS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
While driving 20 mph, the side air bag on the driver side inadvertently deployed without any reason/warning. The dealer was notified.

- Barrington, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272003


  • miles
While driving at 25 mph. Another vehicle hit consumer's vehicle from the drivers side door. Upon impact, side air bags did not deploy.

- Argyle, TX, USA

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