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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Escort steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 052002


  • miles


While driving hit the horn and it stuck. Had to unplug fuse to cut horn off. Dealer contacted. Targo switch inside steering wheel pad broke.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 061999


  • miles
Steering column coupling malfunctioned, causing loss of control.

- San Dego, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 141998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle at various speeds or turning, the steering wheel would lock up without any warning. Would have no control of vehicle. When steering wheel locks up, vehicle would go into a slide. Can turn vehicle off & restart it & steering wheel would work just fine. Has taken to dealer & was informed that the rack & pinion needed to be replaced. Called the manufacturer & nothing was done. Claims imagination. This has happened at least 4 different times so far. A very dangerous situation.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering column locked causing a vehicle collision.

- Unk, UN, USA

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