really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
167 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

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 #2

Jan 032005


  • miles
1998 Saturn Sl seat belts are defective.** answer required***. the drivers seat belt would unlatch while the consumer was driving.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

SL 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles
Frequently when the front seat belts are buckled they appear to be secured, but are not and come undone. This is the onlu car I have ever driven that you are not locked into your seat belt when you think you are.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

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