really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
63,031 miles

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 202015

Galant 4-cyl

  • 111,126 miles


The horn which is part of the airbag stayed on when I used my keyless entry remote to lock the car. I had to hit the horn button in the steering wheel to make it stop. The horn once again became stuck the next day when I honked my horn on the freeway to prevent a car from colliding with me as they tried to switch lanes. I could not get the horn to shut off this time and had to pull over to pull out the fuse. I plugged in the fuse when I arrived home and the horn came right back on. I then used a rubber mallet to tap around the horn button and steering wheel which finally stopped the horn. This is a huge safety concern as my horn will now not sound at all.

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 112014

Galant 6-cyl

  • 177,759 miles
Air bags didn't come out when accident occurred, there is smoke coming from exhaust not something is eating the gas up there is leakage coming from engine, oil, and radiator (unknown areas).

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 092013

Galant 4-cyl

  • 22,500 miles
I was driving at 33 mph on a main street when car on my right goes through stop sign and drives into my car. He hit the front of my car near, but not including, the passenger door. After impact (he never brake) he continued to move my car with his thereby folding the front of my car in half, taking off front wheels, fenders and bumper, gas tank (smoking but not on fire), and moving my car two lanes to the left via impact and push. No air bags deployed. Driver's door, mine, would not open. Seat belt pulled in very tight. Impact slammed my chest, knee and ankle. Fractured sternum, cuts and bruises on leg and foot. Back pain at site of crash. Could not walk up ambulance steps. Hospital stay 2 days with multiple tests. Drs. Visits required this week, one day after release. Car totaled. Physical therapy and pain management put into place upon hospital discharge.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 142009


  • 66,803 miles


The driver owns a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant. While driving 55 mph, the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle struck an embankment and a power pole before rolling over a couple of times. The vehicle was smashed and dented all over, but the air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The driver was killed at the scene. The manufacturer and dealer were not notified. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 66,803.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 122003


  • miles
When the brake pedal was applied, they failed to respond which caused the consumer to hit a guardrail. The vehicle was serviced in Aug of 2003 and the consumer wa told the rotors were bad. Three months later the rotors went bad again and the dealer machined them and two days later the accident occurred. The consumer stated the air bags did not deploy.

- Middletown, DE, USA

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problem #1

Sep 062003


  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a four car pile up. During the collision, vehicle was struck from the rear and front, and air bags deployed. Rear seat passenger hit the front passenger's seat, causing it to break. Front seat passenger sustained massive brain damage and blood clots. The passenger in the rear seat sustained a compound fracture to the right arm.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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