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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,015 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #9

May 282016

F-150

  • 200,000 miles

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

When deployed the air bags driver and passenger side did not fully open when I was moving and rear ended another car.

- St. Petersburgh, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 132004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,224 miles
I had just turned off interstate 287 onto intervale road (a local road). I was approaching an intersection with a very sharp left hand curve. As I proceeded to enter the curve I had no steering. The steering wheel would turn, but the vehicle did not respond. This happened without any warning or noise. I attempted to brake, but there was loose sand and gravel and I ended up sliding into a utility pole straight ahead, without airbag deployment and only minor damage to the right front side of the vehicle. I was secured by the seat belt, but my head struck the sun visor. Police at the scene examined the vehicle and confirmed loss of steering. Subsequent investigation by the shop to which my truck was towed revealed that the sector shaft was broken where the pitman arm is attached. After further investigation I was told that this part should never fail in a vehicle, regardless of mileage. I was further told that if the part was pounded all day with a sledge hammer that it should not fail. The mechanic said that he had only heard of one failure ever of this part in a high speed accident. Furthermore, this part is located on the left side of the vehicle which did not suffer any impact from the accident. I contacted Ford with this information and they are totally indifferent to it. They want me to pay up to $60,000 to hire an expert witness to prove that the part failed prior to the accident and was defective. I have been unable to use this vehicle since 2004 and have no resolution or commitment from Ford to do anything. This accident could have easily resulted in death had this part failed at highway speeds. I wonder how many fatal accidents have been caused by this failure that was never properly investigated. The consumer stated the vehicle was turned over to state farm insurance to repair. The consumer provided a picture of the vehicle and would like a list of repair shops. Updated 08/23/07

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 012006

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 168,913 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph there was a frontal impact with another vehicle and the driver side front airbag did not deploy. The contact's head hit the windshield and the contact's face hit the steering wheel. The vehicle was deemed totaled. The contact was hospitalized. A police report was taken.

- Quitman, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012004

F-150

  • miles

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

I have a 1998 Ford F150 airbag light stays on after I start truck.

- Indaina, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 282003

F-150

  • miles
While driving at 40mph and no warning the drivers side airbag deployed. Dealer notified.

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #4

May 222002

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light comes on and stays on. The speedometer failed also this happened three separate times. Dealer has not identified or corrected the problem.

- Hacienda Hts, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 242002

F-150

  • miles

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

Consumer states that when hit at 20mph in the front center of the vehicle the air bag did not deploy causing minor injuries to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Metairire, LA, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag failed for unspecified reason.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 191997

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger was blinded in one eye due to violent deployment of air bag during collision.

- Centerville, TN, USA

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