really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Mazda Protege seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Mazda Protege Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 242010

Protege 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


Myself, the driver, rear-ended another driver at a speed of 35-40mph. The driver slammed on his brakes and I had no time to react. The result is a totaled front end w/ $4000+ of repairs. The seat belt did not restrain me and the airbag did not deploy. The car will be totaled and I suffered extensive bruising because of this failure.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 272004

Protege 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The consumer rear ended another motorist while driving at 45 mph. The frontal air bags failed to deploy upon impact. The driver sustained injuries when he hit the steering wheel. The passenger sustained injuries when she/he hit the dashboard. Both vehicles involved in the accident were totaled.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #3

Aug 262003


  • miles
While driving at 35 mph vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, neither air bag deployed. Dealer and manufacturer had been notified.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 162002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver lost control of vehicle at 60 mph. Vehicle ran off the road and hit a low concrete structure. Neither airbag deployed, consumer suffered a broken nose. Damage to vehicle was $ 5000.00

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 142002


  • miles
I was proceeding southbound on a major street at about 35mph. A pickup truck came out of a small side street and crossed my path going eastbound with the intent of turning left. My car broadsided the truck at the back of the drivers door and at the front of the truckbed. As I did not see the truck until the last moment, I only left about 3 feet of skid. Neither my driver airbag nor my passenger airbag deployed. It was determined that my car was a total loss due to extensive damage.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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