Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
AIR BAGS
080030610/04/200610021000Non genuine accessories affect air bag operation. *kb02/22/2007
080020505/03/200510017557Air bag warning lamp illuminating intermittently with diagnostic trouble codes b1994. *tt11/10/2005

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
AIR BAGS
08/06/201298000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2003 mazda tribute. the contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. the contact took the vehicle to a dealer and was told that the spring tensioner for the air bag needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 110,000. kmj
08/06/201298000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2003 mazda tribute. the contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. the contact took the vehicle to a dealer and was told that the spring tensioner for the air bag needed to be replaced. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 110,000. kmj
08/06/201298000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2003 mazda tribute. the contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument. the contact took the vehicle took the vehicle to a dealer and was told the spring tensioner for the air bag needed to be replaced. the vehicle had not been repaired. the failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.rl
07/15/200972000
 Starting in 7/2009 my 2003 mazda tribute's air bag light came on. repairs included replacing the connector under the pass seat. since then the light has come on 5 times and each time a connector kit was needed for repairs. eventually the light burned out and cost over $200.00 for repairs. i called mazda and complained. i also found numerous other owners complaining of the same problem on the internet. while the light is on or burned out according to mechanics i have talked to the air bag will not deploy in the event of a accident.
07/15/200972000
 Starting in 7/2009 my 2003 mazda tribute's air bag light came on. repairs included replacing the connector under the pass seat. since then the light has come on 5 times and each time a connector kit was needed for repairs. eventually the light burned out and cost over $200.00 for repairs. i called mazda and complained. i also found numerous other owners complaining of the same problem on the internet. while the light is on or burned out according to mechanics i have talked to the air bag will not deploy in the event of a accident.
07/15/200972000
 Starting in 7/2009 my 2003 mazda tribute's air bag light came on. repairs included replacing the connector under the pass seat. since then the light has come on 5 times and each time a connector kit was needed for repairs. eventually the light burned out and cost over $200.00 for repairs. i called mazda and complained. i also found numerous other owners complaining of the same problem on the internet. while the light is on or burned out according to mechanics i have talked to the air bag will not deploy in the event of a accident.
07/15/200972000
 Starting in 7/2009 my 2003 mazda tribute's air bag light came on. repairs included replacing the connector under the pass seat. since then the light has come on 5 times and each time a connector kit was needed for repairs. eventually the light burned out and cost over $200.00 for repairs. i called mazda and complained. i also found numerous other owners complaining of the same problem on the internet. while the light is on or burned out according to mechanics i have talked to the air bag will not deploy in the event of a accident.
07/15/200972000
 Starting in 7/2009 my 2003 mazda tribute's air bag light came on. repairs included replacing the connector under the pass seat. since then the light has come on 5 times and each time a connector kit was needed for repairs. eventually the light burned out and cost over $200.00 for repairs. i called mazda and complained. i also found numerous other owners complaining of the same problem on the internet. while the light is on or burned out according to mechanics i have talked to the air bag will not deploy in the event of a accident.
03/26/201089286
 The air bag light on my 2003 mazda tribute went on. i took it to the mazda dealer of orange ca. they had claimed to my face that this has been a recurring issue with the mazda tributes lately. i was shocked to find out that this serious problem is happening with many of the tributes not just mine. why has mazda not fixed the problem if they are aware of it? they claimed that the issue was with the electrical wiring of the seat belts that connected to that air bag. the seat belts would not lock if we were ever in a crash. is that safe? does a death need to happen to get attention about the problem? because the car was not under warranty, i paid 486.00 out of my pocket to fix a defect that was not caused by normal wear and tear. after the repair the technicians could not get the air bag light to turn off. i asked if there may be a bigger problem that was overlooked. they said
08/03/20091
 The air bag light on my 2003 mazda tribute went on. i asked the local mechanic see why during a routine oil change. he says mazda has a technical service bulletin out for wiring repairs under the seat. he says they know they have this wiring problem. since my car has 100,000 miles mazda says it is out of warranty and they won't cover it even though this is their wiring issue. the dealer wants to charge me $700 to fix their wiring problem which is very wrong. *tr
02/08/2008299001
 2003 mazda tribute, purchase new. abs light keeps blinking and then stays on and then goes off. three separate trips to white plains mazda at a good cost to us and telling us it was corrected - drive a 1/2 mile from the dealer and the light goes on again. corrected again and a week later it goes on again! additionally, we have an incident in a parked position with motor running (10/13/08) where the car's rpm jumped to 7,000, the car rumbled and completely shut down. car could not be restarted. had to have it towed at a substantial cost to me including a separate charge to try and jump the car and now is at mazda white plains again. please contact me. i have called customer service number and they are to be in touch with my dealer. please advise. *tr
07/21/20081
 The airbag light has been repaired at least four times within the last two years. the last time was on july 10, 2008 at clippinger mazda f, 2539 east garvey avenue north, west covina, ca 91791. yesterday, july 21, the airbag light has been consistently on. i am concerned about my safety because the bag could deploy unexpectedly, or in the case of an accident, not deploy at all. i am driving a car that feels like having a hand grenade with the pin pulled. *tr
10/29/200764755111/07/2006
 (1) airbag light illuminated on 2003 mazda tribute dashboard during return trip home from family gathering. (2) trouble codes identified at mazda dealership where car was purchased: b1994 driver-side side air bag module circuit resistance high b1998 passenger-side side air bag module circuit resistance high informed by dealership that airbags may deploy at any time or may not deploy in case of a collision. repairs necessary for proper airbag function. (3) as per tsb 0800205 and service kit 1l84-14293-aa problems addressed by dealership technician and airbag light no longer illuminated. charge $338.37 parts and labor. mazda and it's dealerships have profited by repairing, with mazda certified parts, a known safety issue that could endanger the lives and safety of mazda owners and their passengers if not addressed. there is a tsb and service kit designed to address this exact problem. this indicates mazda is aware of the problem and is prepared to repair it at the cost of it's customers. when buying a product (a vehicle especially) safety is assumed. when there is a known safety hazard caused by the product, due to malfunction or negligence, it is the manufacturer's to correct the hazard. not the customer. *tr
05/01/200750000105/30/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 mazda tribute. the contact received recall notice # 07v157000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module). he took the vehicle to the dealer to inspect the air bags because the indicator light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. he believes this failure is similar to the failure stated in the recall. the mazda dealer will not do anything because the manufacturer must issue the recall. mazda will not issue a recall unless they are pressured to do so by nhtsa. the contact has to pay $375 for the air bag indicator light. the mechanic replaced the wiring harness. when the light was illuminated, the air bags would not deploy due to the failed connection. the engine size was unknown. the current and failure mileages were 50,000.
07/19/200528500303/01/2005
 During the last 30 days, my airbag light has lit up. mazda first replaced the passenger side restraint. the second time they replaced the control modular for the srs. the third time, they claim a cable was loose, they tightened it. the dealer tells me it is an ongoing problem they have had with the 2003 and part of 2004 tributes. however; they have offered me a free oil change so i wouldn't file a complaint. *jb
10/15/20041
 Consumer states that her air bag lights stays on all of the time. she states she has taken this vehicle back to the dealer 6-7 times, and has been told several different things that causes this problem. once she says she was told that something is wrong with the retentioner, and they went in and reset the computer. *nm
04/10/2004605/30/2003
 Air bag light comes on and staying on for over a period 6months even with several services calls with this problem the air bag will not evn work in an accident situation. *ak
 While traveling at 50 mph vehicle traveling in front came to a dead stop, which resulted in a rear ended collsion. upon impact, none of the airbags deployed. *ak
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL
12/28/2008540001
 I have a 2003 mazda tribute lx. my airbag driverside airbag light is coming on. sometimes it stays on other times it blinks continuously. my mazda warranty ran out and i am told that it will cost to get the diagnosis and to have repaired. i believe this is a safety issue and should be addressed as soon as possible without cost. i bought the mazda on 2006 so its only 2 years that i have the truck. *tr
12/22/2008310001
 I have a 2003 mazda tribute lx. my airbag driverside airbag light is coming on. sometimes it stays on other times it blinks continuously. my mazda warranty ran out this past may and i am told that it will cost to get the diagnosis and to have repaired. i believe this is a safety issue and should be addressed as soon as possible and i am single with a fixed income. are other people having this same issue with their mazda? help! *tr
02/28/2006439501
 2003 mazda tribute ran head on into a telephone poll at a speed of approximately 30 mph. airbag did not deploy. *jb
02/28/200642000105/22/2003
 My car hit a telephone pole at an estimated speed of 36 mph and the front airbag did not open. *jb
10/06/20031
 While driving about 45 mph on the highway and without warning the vehicle shut down. steering locked/ brakes failed, and headlights were flickering on and off. driver lost control of the vehicle, and went into a fence, causing a collision. upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. the driver's side air bag did not deploy. driver suffered injuries, and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.*ak
AIR BAGS - FRONTAL - SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
10/29/200764755111/07/2006
 (1) airbag light illuminated on 2003 mazda tribute dashboard during return trip home from family gathering. (2) trouble codes identified at mazda dealership where car was purchased: b1994 driver-side side air bag module circuit resistance high b1998 passenger-side side air bag module circuit resistance high informed by dealership that airbags may deploy at any time or may not deploy in case of a collision. repairs necessary for proper airbag function. (3) as per tsb 0800205 and service kit 1l84-14293-aa problems addressed by dealership technician and airbag light no longer illuminated. charge $338.37 parts and labor. mazda and it's dealerships have profited by repairing, with mazda certified parts, a known safety issue that could endanger the lives and safety of mazda owners and their passengers if not addressed. there is a tsb and service kit designed to address this exact problem. this indicates mazda is aware of the problem and is prepared to repair it at the cost of it's customers. when buying a product (a vehicle especially) safety is assumed. when there is a known safety hazard caused by the product, due to malfunction or negligence, it is the manufacturer's to correct the hazard. not the customer. *tr