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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 3 of 4)

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problem #38

Oct 021999

Escort

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

While driving driver's side air bag deployed, but not high enough. Driver sustained severe head injuries by going through the windshield. However, air bag on passenger side deployed fully, and passenger sustained less severe injuries.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #37

Oct 021999

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While driving driver's side air bag deployed, but not high enough. Driver sustained severe head injuries by going through the windshield. However, air bag on passenger side deployed fully, and passenger sustained less severe injuries.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #36

Sep 031999

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Consumer was driving high speed between 60 to 65mph and another vechicle jumped in front of him. Consumer made a sudden stop to avoid hitting vehicle. He swerved and flipped over three times. Upon impact, airbag didn't deploy. Consumer sustained injuries, suffered a broken leg/ arm and pelvic bone. Was taken to hospital.

- San Dego, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 261999

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

During collision no deployment of driver's side air bag resulted in injury to consumers face when hitting the windshield and mirror. Mjs

- Gillett, WI, USA

problem #34

May 031999

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph braking system malfunctioned, causing no braking ability which resulted in a frontal collision with a Cadillac. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy properly. There was "no air in the bags" which caused injuries to driver. Please provide further information and VIN#

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #33

May 031999

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph braking system malfunctioned, causing no braking ability which resulted in a frontal collision with a Cadillac. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy properly. There was "no air in the bags" which caused injuries to driver. Please provide further information and VIN#

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #32

May 031999

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 35 mph braking system malfunctioned, causing no braking ability which resulted in a frontal collision with a Cadillac. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy properly. There was "no air in the bags" which caused injuries to driver. Please provide further information and VIN#

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #31

Jul 041999

(reported on)

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  • miles
In a crash, I was hit by a car going approx. 40 mph, the airbags did not deploy. However, for 4 days following the accident there was an overwhelming odor of propellant in the car. This odor brought on a severe asthma attack for me. Also, the car hesitates and loses power when the air conditioning compressor kicks in. The car loses power enough so that it slows itself down when traveling on the highway. Also it is very alarming when it kicks on when accelerating from a stop sign or stoplight. The hesitency and power loss causes great concern for the welfare of the car.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #30

Jul 041999

(reported on)

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In a crash, I was hit by a car going approx. 40 mph, the airbags did not deploy. However, for 4 days following the accident there was an overwhelming odor of propellant in the car. This odor brought on a severe asthma attack for me. Also, the car hesitates and loses power when the air conditioning compressor kicks in. The car loses power enough so that it slows itself down when traveling on the highway. Also it is very alarming when it kicks on when accelerating from a stop sign or stoplight. The hesitency and power loss causes great concern for the welfare of the car.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #29

Jun 031999

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Consumer was in an accident and the air bag did not deploy.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #28

May 051999

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

While driving about 30mph vehicle was involved in a head-on collision, and airbags did not deploy. The dealer and manufacturer will be notified.

- Elkon, VA, USA

problem #27

May 051999

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While driving about 30mph vehicle was involved in a head-on collision, and airbags did not deploy. The dealer and manufacturer will be notified.

- Elkon, VA, USA

problem #26

Apr 121999

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When driving driver's side air bag light comes on and won't go off. Consumer states that this is a safety defect.

- Wellsville, OH, USA

problem #25

Apr 231999

Escort

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Consumer was in an accident and the air bag did not deploy.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 181999

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident. Vehicle spinned out of control, hitting another vehicle by the passenger's side right rear wheel. Before the impact, consumer noticed speed of 50 mph. Driver's side seat belt failed to lock in place, and air bags failed to deploy. Manufacturer. Notified.

- Lowell, IN, USA

problem #23

Jan 181999

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident. Vehicle spinned out of control, hitting another vehicle by the passenger's side right rear wheel. Before the impact, consumer noticed speed of 50 mph. Driver's side seat belt failed to lock in place, and air bags failed to deploy. Manufacturer. Notified.

- Lowell, IN, USA

problem #22

Jun 071998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Backing out of driveway and looking in the mirror to see if any one was coming, all of a sudden vehicle flew forward and hit fence. Then wheels turned to the right, missing the telepole. Vehicle ended up hitting trees and stopped. Air bag did not deploy. Had seat belt on.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #21

Jun 011998

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In a 35mph, direct frontal impact, the driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy which did not protect the occupant in the accident. No prior problems. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #20

Jun 011998

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In a 35mph, direct frontal impact, the driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy which did not protect the occupant in the accident. No prior problems. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #19

Jun 171998

(reported on)

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Vehicle rearended another vehicle at a speed of 40mph when the airbags deployed, the driver's side airbag had melted to the inside of the steering wheel, causing the airbag to not completely inflate. Dealer has vehicle currently.

- Manchester, NH, USA

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