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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
28 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,275 miles

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1998 Ford Contour seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Jul 091999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When traveling 31 mph consumer was involved in a head-on collsion in which neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed upon impact. Consumer has contacted the dealer, vehicle was totaled. Vehicle accelerated on its own, lost control, hit an embankment head-on

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #17

Jul 091999

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  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When traveling 31 mph consumer was involved in a head-on collsion in which neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed upon impact. Consumer has contacted the dealer, vehicle was totaled. Vehicle accelerated on its own, lost control, hit an embankment head-on

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #16

Sep 201999

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While driving at about 35 mph in wet conditions consumer hit a ditch and caused the airbags to deploy. Passenger side airbag was burning around the subframe.

- Newman, GA, USA

problem #15

Sep 201999

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

While driving at about 35 mph in wet conditions consumer hit a ditch and caused the airbags to deploy. Passenger side airbag was burning around the subframe.

- Newman, GA, USA

problem #14

Aug 211999

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Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy. Vehicle has been repaired.

- Sante Fe Springs, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 211999

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Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy. Vehicle has been repaired.

- Sante Fe Springs, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 021999

(reported on)

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

Without a vehicle collision occurring driver's and passenger's air bags deployed. Cause unknown.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Sep 021999

(reported on)

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Without a vehicle collision occurring driver's and passenger's air bags deployed. Cause unknown.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 261998

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Consumer was sitting at stop light when she was rear ended by another vehicle, the air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured.

- Cruger, MS, USA

problem #9

Oct 261998

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Consumer was sitting at stop light when she was rear ended by another vehicle, the air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured.

- Cruger, MS, USA

problem #8

Mar 121999

(reported on)

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

Consumer was involved in a collision in which vehicle was hit by a semi -truck, and the driver's/passenger's air bags did not deploy.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #7

Mar 121999

(reported on)

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Consumer was involved in a collision in which vehicle was hit by a semi -truck, and the driver's/passenger's air bags did not deploy.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 121998

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  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed the air bag light keeps coming on, and the the horn doesn't work. Also, the horn is very hard when trying to press it. Dealer repaired the horn, and the problem is back, and they can't determine the problem.

- Willington, NC, USA

problem #5

Nov 191998

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  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving down street when both air bags deployed, driver was injured, burned. Resulted in accident.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 191998

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  • Automatic transmission
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Consumer was driving down street when both air bags deployed, driver was injured, burned. Resulted in accident.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 051998

(reported on)

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  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Violent deployment of airbag resulted in burns to passengers face.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 101997

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  • Automatic transmission
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Air bag: Driving approximately 30mph another car pulled out in front, hit the brakes and car did not stop in time, ran into the passenger's side of the other car, and the air bags did not deploy. Light had been flashing previously, and dealer looked at it and said they could not find anything wrong with it.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 101997

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  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag: Driving approximately 30mph another car pulled out in front, hit the brakes and car did not stop in time, ran into the passenger's side of the other car, and the air bags did not deploy. Light had been flashing previously, and dealer looked at it and said they could not find anything wrong with it.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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