really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,333 miles

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 212014


  • 65,000 miles


We were in a few accidents and the airbag never deployed and the transmission is not functioning properly after an oil change the car does not stay in park we must use the emergency brake and cannot turn off the car because when we turn it off the gear will not shift to drive and as we drive the car the car will turn off right there. Seatbelt stopped working on driver side.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 192010


  • 73,000 miles
(visibility)the headlights both blew at the same time. I was on my way to work in the early morning the first time it happened so I had to drive approximately 8 miles the rest of the way to work in the dark, running lights only. Took the car to the dealer they said they replaced the headlights was approx. $35. I guessed a fuse since both blew at the same time?? then the following year the same thing happened on my way home. It was dark and again I drove home with running lights. I think it's odd that both headlights go out at the same time every time. The passenger side seat belt doesn't work right. It locks up, unable to pull strap out to buckle up. Took it in and called Mazda. They paid for repair which was quoted at approx $89. All was good for about a week. I picked my step mom up and she went to put her seatbelt on and it wouldn't extend. I have found that if you wait a few minutes and begin driving the passenger can use the belt. If we drive and the brakes are being applied the seat belt doesn't come out. Not sure if that's a coincidence or not. Didn't have it fixed again, we deal with it.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 252010


  • 103,000 miles
I have had my vehicle for 5 years. In the past month, my drivers seatbelt has begun to fail. This is a pyrotechnic seatbelt, and has a sensor for the airbag deployment. The seatbelt does not completely lock, and can be removed by hand. I was informed that upon a crash, if the seatbelt were not completely latched, the airbag would in fact not deploy. This has occurred 4-5 times since the original occurrence. Also, when the seatbelt fails to latch you can not just push the button to release the belt. You must tug hardly to get the belt to release. Mazda is not willing to warranty this part, and the new part cost almost $300 to repair.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

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