really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,354 miles

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2001 Mazda MPV seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Mazda MPV Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 202014


  • 135,446 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mazda MPV. The contact stated that after starting the engine, the front passenger seat side airbag erroneously deployed as the passenger was getting into the vehicle. The passenger suffered an injured back during the incident. The contact indicated that during the deployment the air bag did not inflate but was visible from the side of the passenger seat. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was no notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,446.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

May 052014


  • 140,000 miles
On may the 5th 2014 while sitting still and the engine not running the passenger seat airbag deployed causing deep bruising and a cracked rib to my daughter who was sitting in the seat at the time. Since then I have been afraid to drive my vehicle which is a 2001 Mazda MPV. This is the only vehicle that I have and can not afford another because I am disabled and draw ssi. Please help!

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #5

Apr 222011


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mazda MPV. The contact was driving 35 mph when the front driver side air bag deployed independently. The contact was not injured by the air bag and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer advised that a rubber duck under the seat caused the air bag to deploy. The diagnostic test stated that something metal caused the air bag to deploy. The contact called manufacturer regarding the air bag failure and they stated there was nothing they could do regarding the repair. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive and feared that the front driver side air bag would deploy without warning. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

May 172009


  • 100,934 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mazda MPV. While the contact was sitting in the vehicle, the passenger side air bag deployed without an impact or crash occurring. She thought her back was on fire and rolled around in the grass. The contact was taken to the emergency room for first degree burns, a contusion, and possibly a broken rib. A police report was filed. The contact is pregnant and unable to have X-rays performed. The manufacturer stated that they could not assist. The current and failure mileages were 100,934.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #3

Jan 182005

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99 miles
I had an accident the 01/18/05 in Mazda MPV 2001 van, the insurance company declare total lost of the car, and my complaint is because the air bags did not work, never came out, that`S why me and my family are in therapy for neck and back, I asking for help, because I called the Mazda company and they do not give me any solutions, this is my first accident and, I don`T know what I have to do.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

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problem #2

Jan 142004

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling at 45 mph consumer's vehicle hit another vehicle that ran a light. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed.

- Land O' Lakes, FL, USA

problem #1

May 022003

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I've had 2 auto accidents involving the front of my van and both times the airbags have failed to come out. Both times the front end of my van have had to be repaired.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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