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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 1 of 2)

problem #34

May 042003

Ranger

  • 17,000 miles

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

The consumers vehicle suddenly accelerated and resulted in a frontal collision through the garage. Neither the driver or passenger air bags deployed.

- Port Austin, MI, USA

problem #33

Feb 252003

Ranger

  • 166 miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and none of the air bags deployed. The consumer suffered minor injuries.

- Maud, TX, USA

problem #32

Jul 312002

Ranger

  • miles
While traveling about 40mph on highway in inclement weather vehicle hit a patch of water that was in a puddle, and vehicle hydroplaned, and flipped five times. Upon impact, dual airbags didn't deploy.

- Wagram, SC, USA

problem #31

Jul 062002

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was involved in a frontal and a roll over collisions of 30-40 mph, and neither air bag deployed. Dealer and manufacturer were not notified at this time.

- West College Corner, IN, USA

problem #30

Dec 012000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit bridge guardrail at 60 mph, neither airbag deployed. Damage to vehicle was $ $5000. Consumer had a second accident, rearended a vehicle at 30 mph, and $1300 damage, neither airbag deployed.

- Carterlake, IA, USA

problem #29

Jan 312001

Ranger

  • miles
Consume R was traveling about 40mph on highway on icy roads and another vehicle veered into him. Forcing him into a meridian baracade enbankment. Causing him to roll three times, there were some minor injuries. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy.

- Severance, CO, USA

problem #28

Oct 192000

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

Crash involved my vehicle striking another vehicle which had turned into my path to make a left turn at a lighted intersection. Police determined that other driver was at fault. Other vehicle (a VW jetta) was struck in the side, yet both airbags deployed. My vehicle was struck in the front with sufficient force to break front axle, yet neither airbag deployed. I contacted dealer who referred me to their 1-800 customer hotline, who then referred me back to dealer to pursue technical problems such as this. Therefore, I'm now contacting you.

- Eureka, CA, USA

problem #27

Sep 092000

Ranger

  • miles
While traveling on a steep incline at 20 mph passenger's air bag fell into the lap of passenger; dealer notified, and reinstalled air bag. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Astonia, OR, USA

problem #26

Mar 132000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy, resulting in injury. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #25

Apr 112000

Ranger

  • miles
Due to a chain reaction another vehicle hit consumer's vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side airbag didn't deploy. Also, driver's shoulder seat belt didn't lock up.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 222000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer's son was killed when airbags failed to deploy. Vehicle was going 45 mph and hit a tree on the passenger's side. Also, fire broke out, and vehicle was totaled.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #23

Feb 232000

Ranger

  • miles
When vehicle crashed into the back of another, while traveling 15-20 mph, there was no deployment of the driver's side air bag. The whole front end was damaged, damages totalled $3,500. Truck was being reparied.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #22

Feb 232000

Ranger

  • miles
When vehicle crashed into the back of another, while traveling 15-20 mph, there was no deployment of the driver's side air bag. The whole front end was damaged, damages totalled $3,500. Truck was being reparied.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #21

Dec 241999

Ranger

  • miles
Daughter was driving truck lost control on snow covered road, approx. Speed:40-55 mph.wrecked, went off road into deep ditch, hit hill, truck went up in air, almost flipping, came back down flattened tires on drivers side, flipped back out in road, spun around and back in same ditch on passengers side headed up the road. Airbags on niether side deployed. Injuries to: Head, neck shoulder, hip, upper& lower back. Contacted Ford motor, sent truck to dealer to chek data on module. Statment was signed to give copy of report to me & not to earase any data. Sso far all I recieved was a letter from Ford motor saying nothing was wrong with airbags.

- South Portsmouth, KY, USA

problem #20

Dec 241999

Ranger

  • miles
Daughter was driving truck lost control on snow covered road, approx. Speed:40-55 mph.wrecked, went off road into deep ditch, hit hill, truck went up in air, almost flipping, came back down flattened tires on drivers side, flipped back out in road, spun around and back in same ditch on passengers side headed up the road. Airbags on niether side deployed. Injuries to: Head, neck shoulder, hip, upper& lower back. Contacted Ford motor, sent truck to dealer to chek data on module. Statment was signed to give copy of report to me & not to earase any data. Sso far all I recieved was a letter from Ford motor saying nothing was wrong with airbags.

- South Portsmouth, KY, USA

problem #19

Jan 082000

Ranger

  • miles
Driver missed a turn and hit light pole on front drivers side. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #18

Jan 082000

Ranger

  • miles
Driver missed a turn and hit light pole on front drivers side. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #17

Jan 172000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at approximately 36 mph, rearended another vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side airbags didnot deploy, causing injuries.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #16

Jan 172000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at approximately 36 mph, rearended another vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side airbags didnot deploy, causing injuries.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #15

Jan 172000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at approximately 36 mph, rearended another vehicle. Upon impact, driver's side and passenger's side airbags didnot deploy, causing injuries.

- Bedford, OH, USA

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