really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,000 miles

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2003 Saturn L300 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Saturn L300 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 202008

L300 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


In February, 2007 and in April of 2008 I was involved separate front end crashes while driving my 2003 Saturn L300. In both instances seatbelt restraints were used (as always), but the air-bags failed to deploy. Fortunately, no one was injured. In both instances, I believed that I was fortunate the air-bags didn't open because of the expense involved repairing a deployed air-bag. In late February-2014, General Motors announced a large recall of numerous vehicles (Saturn ion, Saturn vue, Chevy cobalt and other vehicles which are similar to my 2003 Saturn L300) sitting a defective ignition switch which disables the activation of the vehicles airbags when it is involved an accident! 13 deaths have been attributed to the defective switch, thusfar. Although the 2003 Saturn L300 is not included in the recall, I believe it should be included because of the air-bag issue that I experienced twice with my L300. In addition, there is a starting problem with the ignition switch, which has arisen since I've owned this car that has happened numerous times during the last 4-5 years. Each day the L300 starts fine the first time. However, when the vehicle is shut off, (to get gasoline or to go into a store) the vehicle will fail to re-start. After waiting anywhere form 15 minutes to 1-1/2 hours, the car will start like nothing is wrong. Although this happens mostly in the cold weather it has also happened during the summer time as well. I believe this is due to the same defective ignition switch/pass-lock sensor issue as the recalled vehicles.

- Green Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 142003


  • 1,000 miles
While driving at 20/25 mph vehicle was in a frontal collision and none of the air bag deployed upon impact.

- Washington, DC, USA

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