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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,143 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 #7

Feb 232004

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 43,000 miles

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

Consumer was complaining about seat belt problem on driver's side. When belt was latched into the buckle, it didn't hold.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #6

Feb 172002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making turns, especially right turns, vehicle slides and almost turns over.. consumer states vehicle is experiencing acceleration problems, and there was a humming noise coming from the engine, signals are not working, dealer replaced a defective connector and multi-function switch, Firestone tires have experienced tread separation, which were replaced in July 2001, the rear seats move/bounce when driving, the rear seat belts were inoperative, the dealer replaced the buckles, there was smoke coming from the steering column, dealer replaced the multi-function switch, the windshield was chipped, the alarm would not chut off at times, dealer replaced a bad loose wire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 292001

Explorer

  • miles
All of seat belt buckle assemblies failed to lock and hold restraints in place. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #4

Apr 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Left rear seat belt won't stay hooked in it's buckle in the seat. Can't place anyone in that seat for fear of accident.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #3

Jan 192001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving under winter conditions, traveling at approximately 65 to 70 mph, vehicle began to lose control. Right driver's side tire went into a ditch, and vehicle rolled 1 1/2 times. Driver's seat belt failed to lock up and preventing injury to driver. Please provide any additional information/attachments. Air bags failed to deploy during accident. Nlm

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 261999

Explorer

  • miles
Passenger front safety belt locking up and tightening. Passenger must remove belt and wait for mechanism to return to normal. Belt locks up 85% of time even after disengaging and rebuckling. Dealer notified - still under warranty for repair. Repair arrangements have been made.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 211998

Explorer

  • miles
Passenger's shoulder and lap belt got locked up into the housing and will not come out. Ford cannot repair because parts are on national recall.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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