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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 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 #7

Apr 042001

Windstar

  • miles

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

Consumer stated the driver seat belt failed.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 122002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Fatigue failure of wire springs which stiffen stalk, and lie next to webbing. Sharp ends of broken springs abraded and weakened webbing- concern for belt failure under crash loads. Same fatigue failure seen on left and right seats.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #5

Jan 022002

Windstar

  • miles
Driverside seatbelt fell apart in my hand! then after furthur checking, the middle pass side belt was starting to fray. After 20 days of not having a seatbelt they are finally being replaced. Very dissapointed in Ford taking its sweet time when it comes to the safety of its owners and there families.

- Wakefield, RI, USA

problem #4

Jan 012002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Courtesy lights will intermittenly work. They will come on when driving at night, or sometimes they will not come on at all. Experiencing other electrical problems with the reverse lights, interior lights, automatic door locks, door check light, and signal lights operating intermittently, consumer states that the engine is noisy and the engine check light is always on, the seat belt is loose, passenger side arm rest is loose, and the back window wiper is inoperative.

- Loudon, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 212001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
The driver's side/ passenger's side/middle, and rear shoulder belts are coming apart at webbing. Dealer replaced them a year ago.

- North Quincy, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 132000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
I've been having a problem with the seatbelts (the front passenger and all 5 of the rear seatbelts). I have talk to the dealer and I have sent a email to Ford Inc. The tell me that there is nothing wrong with the seatbelts. The problem that I'm having is that the seatbelts (except the drivers side) is that they keep locking up. What I mean by that is when you pull the seatbelt out to put it on and snap the two halves together, when you let the extra part of what you pulled out roll back into the roller, after this point, most of the time the seatbelt locks. They will not pull out anymore. You can't lean forward without taking the seatbelt off. I have found that when I or my kids ride in the back seats or front passenger seat, that the seatbelts keep getting tighter as you drive down the road, which in turn makes you take the seatbelt off due to pain from the seatbelt pulling tight. I was told that a rep. From Ford looked at this problen and said there is nothing they can do.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's 3-point seat belt fastener failure.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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