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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,676 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #18

Jan 052005

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 84,173 miles

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

While driving 30 mph the consumer was hit by another vehicle on the passenger's side. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled and two occupants sustained injuries.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #17

Nov 262004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 45 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, both frontal air bags failed to deploy. Driver and passenger sustained minor injuries. Vehicle was towed to a garage.

- Lathrop, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 152003

Explorer

  • miles
While driving about 65 mph on the highway and without warning vehicle lost control and was involved in a crash. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy. Driver sustained injuries, and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #15

Oct 062003

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving 55 mph on the highway in inclement weather vehicle crashed into a tree without warning. Upon impact, neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #14

Sep 092000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Two years ago vehicle was involved in frontal collision while driving a little over 25 mph. Estimated damage was between $3500-$4000. Owner was concerned because dealership was not able to detect the cause, presently air bag light comes on and off, and owner is very concerned.. there were 2 injuries.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 031999

Explorer

  • miles
While driving on a winding road at 50 mph due to the instability, vehicle suddenly rolled over, flipping left to right and crushing the roof that caused serious injuries to driver and passenger side occupants, also upon impact driver and passenger side air bags failed to deploy.

- Palm Spring, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 031999

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states while driving 50 mph vehicle suddenly rolled over multiple times having frontal impact, the driver and passenger air bags failed to deploy, leaving both driver and passenger seriously injured.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 032002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rollover accident at 35-40 mph, and neither airbag deployed. Vehicle had started to twist. Then, started to spin sideways, and rolled over, landing on passenger's side. Damage to vehicle was $ $5500. No injuries.

- White Lake, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 202001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was hit in a 45mph zone. Vehicle flipped over and slid into a ditch with front hitting a tree. Front driver's/ passenger's air bags didn't deploy. No contact has been made with manufacturer.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 292001

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle involved in a frontal collision with a phone pole at 35 mph. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Manufacturer notified. Feel free to provide any further information on this matter.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #8

Jul 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer had 2 accidents due to sudden acceleration, neither time did airbags deploy. In July 2000, vehicle went through garage door, and on March 13, 2001, vehicle hit concrete wall.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #7

Aug 292000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35mph & was heading South; and other vehicle was driving East, when it pulled out in front suddenly and hit consumer's vehicle on the left front. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver suffered concussion from hitting windshield due to failure of air bags.

- Great Lakes, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 231999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collosion at 35 mph. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy, resulting in minor injuries. Manufcturer will be notified.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #5

Sep 221999

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer wa sdriving and another car hit him head-on. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags didn't deploy, no injuries.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 221999

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer wa sdriving and another car hit him head-on. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags didn't deploy, no injuries.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 231999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a roll over at 25 mph. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy, resulting in injuries. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Kremmling, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 231999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a roll over at 25 mph. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy, resulting in injuries. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Kremmling, CO, USA

problem #1

Feb 121999

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was in a head-on collision with another car and air bags did not deploy.

- West Chester, OH, USA

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