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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,000 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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1998 Ford Contour accessories - interior problems

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 312006

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the contact stated while traveling 5 mph, the driver's side seat reclined on its own. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic.

- North Highlands, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 232003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver seat left side snapped ( not the hinge ) while entering my car. Causing it to fall back, making it unsafe to drive without replacing seat.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 052002

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seatback collapsed due to a rear end collision from another vehicle while sitting still. Speed from other vehicle was 55 mph. Trunk crumbled, and vehicle had been totaled from the extent of the damage. Driver did sustain a severe head injury.

- Gallatin Gateway, MT, USA

problem #11

Feb 102002

Contour

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Seat was repaired because of squeaks and broken stabilizer bar under the seat base. Seat was stabile after repair with no more squeaks. I got into the car today, and as I turned to grab my seatbelt, the seat back suddenly gave way. I can no longer use the back of the seat to support myself while driving. The Contour is being taken to smith-cairns Ford on 2/11/2002 for repairs. I am not going to pay for the repairs becasue I think that Ford shoud consider this a safety defect. I have never had a car, only 4 years old with 76,000 miles and have a problem like this with the seats.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 142000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
When making sudden stops driver seat slides forward. It also moves from side to side. Dealer has seen vehicle several times, and could not duplicate problem.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #9

May 112000

Contour

  • miles
Coil spring on the right front of car broke. Replacement of the following was necessary: Shock absorber, cb spring, D boot, bearing assemnbly, aa seat, mounting assy, halfshaft assembly, cv joint assembly, brake shoes, disc brake rotor, tires.

- Berlin Heights, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 122000

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Drivers seat back collapses while driving. Nlm

- Avonmore, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 102000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In a crash driver's seatback broke, causing injuries to occupant.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #6

Jan 202000

Contour

  • miles
While driving driver's seatback broke, causing the seat to fall back, and the driver lost control of vehicle. Also engine cut off system malfunctioned, engine did not shut off at the time of the crash.

- Montello, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 261999

Contour

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While traveling driver's seatback surport broke, causing consumer to lay down whiel, vehicle was still traveling. Please provide further informaton.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 281999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer had rear end collision, and both front seats collapsed backward. Consumer injured his back.

- Rancho Santa Marta, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 221999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
While seating in driver seat the back support callapsed, consumer fell backwards.

- Boonville, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 231999

Contour

  • miles
The driver's seatback collapsed into the rear seat upon a rear-end collision when I standing still in traffic. The other driver rear-ended my car at approximately 30mph. Significant back and neck injuries resulted.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 141998

Contour

  • miles
A large portion of back split 40/60 fold down seatis very difficult to latch into upright position. It take snumerous attrmpts at slamming the seatback, using a lot of force before the latch will catch.

- Madison, WI, USA

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