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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,962 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 #9

Jul 182012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,655 miles

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

The car has a recall on lights seat buckle and stud.

- Camden, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 062008

Taurus

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the rear driver and passenger seat belts failed by not retracting and locking into place. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they advised her that the seat belts needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #7

Nov 302004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The passenger seat belt doesn't work. The seat belt was stuck in the retractor.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Oct 152002

Taurus

  • miles

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

The driver side seat belt did not lock.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 082002

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Rear lap/ shoulder belts would lock up and will not release. Had taken vehicle to dealer to be checked out.

- Halifax, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 072001

Taurus

  • miles
The drivers side seat belt snapped during the accident (air bags worked fine) 10" from bolt that secures belt to the floor. There was no damage to the car in this area that would have cut the belt. Belt looked normal. Driver 125#, 45mph crash, belt brakes? luckily, after being bounced around inside she was in the back seat after the crash and was not ejected from the car.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #3

Sep 151999

Taurus

  • miles

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

Car will accelerate on it's own after car is put into park, now it is doing it while you are driving, interior light will come on and not go out, radio turns on and off by it's self, electric seat only works half the time, goes back then will not go back up, car will increase in RPM's when you are in park and will continue to go up unless you turn off engine, starting to climb in RPM's when you are driving. Seat belt will not stay latched on passenger front seat.

- Dover, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 231999

Taurus

  • miles
While driving vehicle, 8-year old in rear seat was playing when the seat belt became wrapped around neck. Pulled vehicle over. Pushed release button & belt retractor wrapped tighter around child's neck. Was no emergency release for retractor. Owner forced belt off child's neck. Bruises left on neck & chin.

- Puxico, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 131998

Taurus

  • 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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