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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.

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1998 Ford Taurus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 102001


  • miles


Passanger seat restraint locks when a large person is in the seat. Everytime the belt reals in a bit it stays locked, resulting in a very tight and uncomfortable ride. Replacement of the seat belt some months ago resolved the issue for a while, however the problem has re-emerged, and the dealer refused to replace the unit again. It seems to be unsafe riding in a car with the shoulder belt so tight that movement is impossable. The dealer stated that due to my fat stature the seat belt is mal functioning, but when normal sized people are in the seat the restraint functions properly.

- Wyncote, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 042000


  • miles
While driving and making a left hand turn power steering went completely out. Also, when making a turn driver's side seat belt will lock. Contacted dealer and manufacturer. Vehicle is not under warranty.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Safety seat does not stay fastened. Mjs

- Temple Cit, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 131998


  • miles
Seat belt recall work denied due to non-defective buckle, upon inspection from other source the buckle was found defective and replaced.

- Colorado S, CO, USA

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