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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
89,375 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 Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012006


  • 160,000 miles


98' Ford Ranger: Has a cracked frame on the rear right side. Truck makes loud noises when driving and I am afraid it may become worse over time or completely break down in unsafe speeds. I can not sell it, as I was trying to use the money for a new vehicle due to a new baby in our family. No one will buy such a defective vehicle. Also seat belts will not stay latched? also the inside dome light melts right through the covering, where temperatures make the plastic cover bubble and melt.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #3

Jan 292009

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 197,500 miles
The contact owned a 1998 Ford Ranger. While driving 35 mph, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into two other vehicles. The driver was ejected out of the rear window and was fatally injured. The vehicle was inspected by a police officer, who determined that the failure was caused by the safety belt being separated. The cause of the separation was caused by the seat hinge failing, which cut the safety belt. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 197,500. Updated 02/24/09. Updated 02/25/09.

- Bidderford, ME, USA

problem #2

Oct 151999

(reported on)


  • miles
Driver side seatbelt tongue will not latch or lock in because the locking device is in the locked position. This causes a loss of protection.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
The front middle seatbelt malfunctions when the occupant moves to the right and seatbelt adjuster slides down, which will not protect the occupant in accident. Also the torsion bar rubs against the brake line, causing a hole in the brake line, resulting in brake loss.

- Riolinda, CA, USA

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