NHTSA — Seats: Front Assembly: Recliner Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,500 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 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 182006

SL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


After leaving a traffic light, I had to stop suddenly because the car in front of me stopped for a stalled car in the lane of traffic we were traveling. The car behind me also stopped. The car behind this car collided with the car behind me causing it to collide with my car which was then pushed into the car in front of me. My car was sandwiched between the cars involved in the accident. The hinges of the driver's seat gave way causing the seat to move to the reclining position. I was not injured but the seat could not be placed in driving position. This kind of action could lead to serious injury and should be investigated.

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 082006

SL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated the two front seats failed when the vehicle was in an accident, and both the driver and the passenger reclined. The vehicle was deemed totaled and the insurance company determined the front seat recliner was a manufacturer defect. Both the driver and the passenger were injured as a result.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 282005

SL 4-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
Upon sitting at a stop light consumer's vehicle was rear-ended. The driver's side seat back reclined completely. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 052003


  • 25,000 miles
While driving 15 mph the vehicle was involved a rear end collision. Upon impact the driver seat collapsed without warning. The driver sustained neck and back injuries. Please provide any additional information.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 282002


  • miles
Consumer notice the vehicle doesn'tcomplies with all applicable U.S Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (fmvvss). "latch"

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

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