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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 092003

Windstar

  • miles

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

I was a passenger in my 1998 Ford Windstar van when we struck a deer going 55 mph. The passenger side airbag caused serious injuries to my right eye, including a trauma induced cataract. So far vision has not returned and I'm worried that there may have been a defect in the passenger side airbag.

- Waverly, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 312003

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Rear ended causing a front-end collision and neither air bag deployed. Please provide any additional information.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 092000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Front head on collision at 35-40 mph no deployment of any airbag. Unsure of amount of damage to vehicle as accident occurred day before report filed.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #9

Oct 141999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving down street car ran stop sign, consume smashed on brakes, but still crashed into other car, upon impact, passenger's side ar bag deployed and struck father in face, causing temporary blindness. Also, brakes squeaked, and pulled to right when applied. Dealer test drove vehicle, but found nothing. Claim forms were to be sent to consumer, but were never sent.

- Himingway, SC, USA

problem #8

Oct 141999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down street car ran stop sign, consume smashed on brakes, but still crashed into other car, upon impact, passenger's side ar bag deployed and struck father in face, causing temporary blindness. Also, brakes squeaked, and pulled to right when applied. Dealer test drove vehicle, but found nothing. Claim forms were to be sent to consumer, but were never sent.

- Himingway, SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 231999

Windstar

  • miles
While driving 55 mph had a frontal impact with a deer and driver's and passenger's airbags did deployed, but it did not deploy properly, which seemed as if airbags did not deploy all the way. Occupants sustained injuries.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #6

Dec 231999

Windstar

  • miles

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

While driving 55 mph had a frontal impact with a deer and driver's and passenger's airbags did deployed, but it did not deploy properly, which seemed as if airbags did not deploy all the way. Occupants sustained injuries.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #5

Oct 141999

Windstar

  • miles
In a frontal impact driver's air bag malfunctioned, causing the airbag to deploy to the side, and causing injuries to the driver. Also, passenger's airbag deployed and exploded, causing the passenger to be blind. Dealer could not determine the caus eof the problem.

- Hemmingway, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 141999

Windstar

  • miles
In a frontal impact driver's air bag malfunctioned, causing the airbag to deploy to the side, and causing injuries to the driver. Also, passenger's airbag deployed and exploded, causing the passenger to be blind. Dealer could not determine the caus eof the problem.

- Hemmingway, SC, USA

problem #3

Sep 301999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
The vehicle rear ended another vehicle at a low speed and the airbags did not deploy. Passenger sustained injuries and was blinded. The only damage to vehicle was to interior. Deale rhas seen vehicle.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 301999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
The vehicle rear ended another vehicle at a low speed and the airbags did not deploy. Passenger sustained injuries and was blinded. The only damage to vehicle was to interior. Deale rhas seen vehicle.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 151998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front ABS brakes would make grinding noises. Had taken to dealer & mechanic changed brakes. Was driving vehicle when rearended another vehicle & the air bags failed to deploy.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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