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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 Escort seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #5

May 012001


  • miles


Seatbelt retractors in the back of vehicle continually tighten, and will not allow for consumer to lean or move forward. Consumer has to release buckle and reattach buckle in order have freedom of movement. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 192001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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 #3

Nov 122000


  • miles
Car "totaled" in rear-end wreck. Passenger seatback collapsed when hit from rear, hard contact with 3-point seat belts when thrown forward when car crashed into vehicle stopped in front. Got ride to hospital in ambulance! driver side seat back did not collapse, driver okay.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seatbelt will not retract from the door.

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 091998


  • 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

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