really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,175 miles

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2004 Mazda MAZDA3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 202011


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Mazda3. While driving approximately 45-50 mph, the contact noticed that both air bag warning lights were illuminated on the dashboard and the shifting console. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced at a cost of approximately $778. The contact referenced a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V468000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module) and stated that the recall repair was performed on the vehicle January 7, 2007. The dealer replaced a supplemental restraint system unit, the passenger seat frame and installed an air bag sensor. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 106,850. Updated 05/04/11 updated 2/1/12

- Bryantown, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 072010


  • 96,000 miles
I am very concerned about the safety of the car that I have had since 2004 Mazda 3. on Sunday, I was hit by a car at about a 20 to 30 degree angle and the impact hit my passenger door. Neither one of us was going at a speed that should have had a result in the damage that occurred. When he hit us and the car came to rest, the police and towing people discovered that the engine had snapped off its┐ mounting. My airbags did not deploy either. He told me that both he and the towing agent had ever seen this happen before to a car with as little damage to it. I went to the tow place where they were holding my car to take pictures and look at the car, and both of the people (different people than the original tow driver) said they had never seen anything like that. The one guy said only twice has he seen that happen and both had major damage to the car and that they were demolished up to half of the car. He also said the mounting piece of hardware looked like it was made of diecast not metal or aluminum, when we inspected it we noticed the part that was snapped and I must admit it looked like plastic. I had to have the struts replaced in 2008, but yet I had never hit the tires hard on anything. My question is this something that should be investigated and could it be dangerous to other drivers of this year. I know that they have made engines that are designed to drop in accident recently, but not for this year and not for that type of accident. I have written to Mazda requesting an investigation and I await their response.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 182005

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Involved in a head on collison on April 18 2005 air bags did not deploy have called and emails Mazda about this and they will not help me. The car was in the shop prior to the accident for the air bag lights flashing. I was traving at 25 to 30mph and the other car ( there fault ) was going about 20mph. I sufferd head, back, groin injurys. I very unhappy with the way Mazda is treating me on this!!!

- Charleston , WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,700 miles
Consumer was driving about 25 mph when the vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

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