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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
31 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 1
Average Mileage:
505 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Sep 031999

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

Dual airbags did not deploy even after a frontal collision at 23-27 mph impact with truck, resulting in $3600 worth of damage to front end alone. Both driver and passenger hit windshield.

- Coleman, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 031999

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Dual airbags did not deploy even after a frontal collision at 23-27 mph impact with truck, resulting in $3600 worth of damage to front end alone. Both driver and passenger hit windshield.

- Coleman, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 041998

Ranger

  • miles
Started vehicle up. Had door opened at times driver's leg not inside vehicle. Vehicle suddenly accelerated forward, without warning. Hit a truck & then a wall. Upon impact, neither air bags deployed.

- Odessa, MO, USA

problem #11

Nov 041998

Ranger

  • miles

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

Started vehicle up. Had door opened at times driver's leg not inside vehicle. Vehicle suddenly accelerated forward, without warning. Hit a truck & then a wall. Upon impact, neither air bags deployed.

- Odessa, MO, USA

problem #10

Nov 091998

Ranger

  • miles
The consumer experienced problems with anti- lock brakes and airbag. During an accidentanti-lock brakes failed to work. When the consumer applied their brakes, the pedal went to the floorboard. In addition, driver's and passenger's side airbags failed to deploy. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 091998

Ranger

  • miles
The consumer experienced problems with anti- lock brakes and airbag. During an accidentanti-lock brakes failed to work. When the consumer applied their brakes, the pedal went to the floorboard. In addition, driver's and passenger's side airbags failed to deploy. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 091998

Ranger

  • miles

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

Consumer was parked when another vehicle tailgated the consumer's vehicle, causing the consumer to be pushed into another vehicle, and the air bags on both sides of the consumer's vehicle didn't deploy.

- Lewiston, IA, USA

problem #7

Oct 091998

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer was parked when another vehicle tailgated the consumer's vehicle, causing the consumer to be pushed into another vehicle, and the air bags on both sides of the consumer's vehicle didn't deploy.

- Lewiston, IA, USA

problem #6

Nov 221997

Ranger

  • miles
Strong odor comingriver's air bag, caused asthma attacks and hayfever symptoms to the poin tof bleeding and light headiness. The odor and symptoms are generally alleviated by wrapping a trash bag around steering wheel and column.

- Falling Wa, WV, USA

problem #5

Sep 151998

Ranger

  • miles
Driving at approximatley 25 mph, consumer was involved in head- on collsion. Driver's and passenger's side airbags did not deploy, causing at a least 2500 worth of damage to front end, and bruises on knees as a result of hitting dash panel.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 151998

Ranger

  • miles

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

Driving at approximatley 25 mph, consumer was involved in head- on collsion. Driver's and passenger's side airbags did not deploy, causing at a least 2500 worth of damage to front end, and bruises on knees as a result of hitting dash panel.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 141998

Ranger

  • miles
While driving vehicle between 40 and 45 mph and vehicle struck a road sign, it hit one pole in the center of the bumper and the other in passenger's side, but neither air bags deployed.

- Whitehog, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 141998

Ranger

  • miles
While driving vehicle between 40 and 45 mph and vehicle struck a road sign, it hit one pole in the center of the bumper and the other in passenger's side, but neither air bags deployed.

- Whitehog, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 141998

Ranger

  • miles
Another vehicle pulled in front quickly. Ranger hit brakes sharply & brakes locked up on right side and skidded. Did not hit other vehicle. Skid mark 92ft. Air bag deployed. Laceration on face & forehead abrasion. Emergency room treatment. Has highway police report.

- Seneca, MO, USA

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