really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Saturn SL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


: the contact stated the frontal airbags failed to deploy when the vehicle's front end impacted the rear of another while traveling 35 mph on a dry blacktop surface. A police report and photos were taken after the vehicle was towed away. One injury was sustained in the accident. The service dealer and manufacturer were notified. Updated 10/4/2006 -

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #2

Jun 242005


  • miles
My brother was killed June 24, 2005, in a single car accident. He was driving a 1998 Saturn Sl on an interstate in Mississippi, the Saturn went out of control, his seatbelt (which he always wore) and he was ejected from the car. Since his death, I've found on NHTSA's site almost 30 different complaints from 1998 Saturn sly owners describing serious failures of that cars stability, brakes, steering, and air bags---all of which resulted in the car going out of control. Fortunately, the drivers in the 30 complaints I've found all stated that the injuries were not fatal. My brother and our family are not so fortunate. The 1998 Saturn Sl's failures killed my brother. All of these failures were reported to NHTSA years ago, so his death could have been avoided. NHTSA and the Saturn company owe me and my family some answers. And NHTSA and Saturn must act now before more people are killed by this fatal car.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #1

May 061998


  • miles
Air bags failed to deploy during frontal collision.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

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