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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 4 of 4)

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problem #18

Jan 101999

Escort

  • miles

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

Driving at approximately 50 mph consumer hit a vehicle head-on, dual airbags did not deploy, causing head and neck injuries.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 101999

Escort

  • miles
Driving at approximately 50 mph consumer hit a vehicle head-on, dual airbags did not deploy, causing head and neck injuries.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #16

Jan 221999

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving at 45 mph hit another vehicle head-on, and driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy. Driver sustained injuries.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #15

Jan 221999

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 45 mph hit another vehicle head-on, and driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy. Driver sustained injuries.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #14

Jan 221999

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving at 45 mph hit another vehicle head-on, and driver's side and passenger's side air bags didn't deploy. Driver sustained injuries.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #13

Oct 121998

Escort

  • miles
While driving South about 35-40mph, another vehicle turned the corner, heading North & speeding, drifted into Escort's lane. Escort driver applied brakes to avoid vehicle, & vehicle pulled left. It skidded across the road & hit a pole. ABS did not work. Right brakes had disintergrated. Air bags did not deploy, but seat belt held. Driver has bruised knee. Vehicle totaled by insurance co.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 121998

Escort

  • miles

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

While driving South about 35-40mph, another vehicle turned the corner, heading North & speeding, drifted into Escort's lane. Escort driver applied brakes to avoid vehicle, & vehicle pulled left. It skidded across the road & hit a pole. ABS did not work. Right brakes had disintergrated. Air bags did not deploy, but seat belt held. Driver has bruised knee. Vehicle totaled by insurance co.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #11

Sep 261998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When wife was driving vehicle and was at stop sign, another vehicle in front collided with consumer's vehicle. Air bags did not deploy. Consumer added that the other vehicle was driven about 35 mph and air bags did deploy. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 261998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When wife was driving vehicle and was at stop sign, another vehicle in front collided with consumer's vehicle. Air bags did not deploy. Consumer added that the other vehicle was driven about 35 mph and air bags did deploy. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 221998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was in a frontal impact with another vehicle, the speed was 5-10 mph when leaving a parking lot and crossing the highway. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted.

- Atoka, TN, USA

problem #8

Aug 221998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was in a frontal impact with another vehicle, the speed was 5-10 mph when leaving a parking lot and crossing the highway. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted.

- Atoka, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 281998

Escort

  • miles
While in an accident the air bag's did not deploy, resulting injury to the consumer.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 281998

Escort

  • miles
While in an accident the air bag's did not deploy, resulting injury to the consumer.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 141998

Escort

  • miles
No deployment of driver's air bag during a collision. Also driver's seat belt failed to lock. Driver sustained injuries. Entire front part of vehicle wa scrushed when vehicle hit a pole.

- Philadelph, PA, USA

problem #4

May 161998

Escort

  • miles
Driving about 25mph on the highway and a truck in front of the vehicle made a sudden stop and the vehicle hit the back of the truck. The airbag didn't deploy. Heavy damage was done to the front of the vehicle.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #3

Apr 091998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While turning at 15 to 20 mph vehicle was struck at a 45 degree angle on passenger's side, there was no deployment of driver's or passegers side airbags. Also driver's side seat belt failed to restrain occupant.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 091998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While turning at 15 to 20 mph vehicle was struck at a 45 degree angle on passenger's side, there was no deployment of driver's or passegers side airbags. Also driver's side seat belt failed to restrain occupant.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 061998

Escort

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving about 40 mph vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and the passenger's side airbag did not deploy. The dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Oxford, MI, USA

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