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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
74 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
55 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,202 miles

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1998 Ford Escort seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #58

Jan 192001

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While waiting to make a turn another car hit consumer's vehicle on right side. Dashboard cracked, but none of frontal airbags deployed. Also, seat belt came loose. The driver was injured during the accident.

- River Forest, IL, USA

problem #57

Jan 032001

Escort

  • miles
Consumer got into a accident at 25mph and rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. No prior warnings. Has not conducted dealer.

- Ohio City, OH, USA

problem #56

Jan 102001

Escort

  • miles
Vehicle involved in a frontal collision of 40-45 mph with another vehicle. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Dealer/manufacturer were not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #55

Oct 072000

Escort

  • miles

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

While driving at 35 mph hit another vehicle tha tpulled out in front of consumer. Consumer hit the back of the other vehicle. Upon impact, none of the airbags deployed.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #54

Dec 081999

Escort

  • miles
Consumers vehicle was struck from behind & knocked into vehicle in front. Hood & headlights had to be replaced. 29-Aug-2000, another vehicle struck consumer's vehicle from the side, and airbags didn't deploy. Consumer spoke with different dealers & got the run around. Consumers was very concerned if it was defective.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #53

Aug 152000

(reported on)

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 50 to 55 mph vehicle hit a tree head-on, and neither air bag deployed. Ford has not been contacted.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #52

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles

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

While driving at approximately 45 mph in wet conditions driver lost control of vehicle and ran into a tree head on, did not have enough time to apply brakes, dual airbags did not deploy, causing head injuries.

- Dairy, PA, USA

problem #51

Oct 291999

Escort

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, resulting in minor injuries. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #50

Jun 052000

Escort

  • miles
Consumer has car to dealer 6 times for a loose airbag, consumer says it jiggles a lot when driving down the street because the panel that airbag is in is very loose. Consumer feels this is very unsafe for passengers.

- N. Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #49

Jul 261999

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving about 55 mph and another vehicle backed out of driveway, causing consumer to hit the other vehicle in the rear. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured.

- Seymour, WI, USA

problem #48

May 012000

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 40-45mph had frontal impact, and driver's/ passenger's airbags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants in this crash. No prior problem with the airbag system.

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #47

Mar 292000

Escort

  • miles
When vehicle rear ended a SUV while traveling at 45 mph, there was no deployment of driver's side or passenger's side air bags.

- Hugo, MN, USA

problem #46

Dec 141999

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
While traveling 35 mph consumer hit a hall, air bag did not deploy, it became hot, causing unjuries.

- War, WV, USA

problem #45

Oct 151999

Escort

  • miles
When the airbags deployed the sensor flew out, hitting and injuring the driver. The manufacturer will be notified.

- Lincoln City, OR, USA

problem #44

Oct 151999

Escort

  • miles
When the airbags deployed the sensor flew out, hitting and injuring the driver. The manufacturer will be notified.

- Lincoln City, OR, USA

problem #43

Oct 211999

Escort

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph rear ended another vehicle, and another vehicle rear ended the consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #42

Oct 211999

Escort

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph rear ended another vehicle, and another vehicle rear ended the consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #41

Oct 211999

Escort

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph rear ended another vehicle, and another vehicle rear ended the consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #40

Oct 161999

Escort

  • miles
While going East a car going West decided to make a left hand turn, consumer hit next driver on passenger's side head-on. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #39

Oct 161999

Escort

  • miles
While going East a car going West decided to make a left hand turn, consumer hit next driver on passenger's side head-on. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

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