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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,200 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 Windstar seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 252005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


The contact states that the seat belt straps are ripping apart. Two of the straps have completely ripped. One of the straps is fraying. Each of the seat belts is located in a different row. Two of the seat belts have been replaced.

- Columbiana, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 232003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated that when she made a sudden stop, her 5 year old child's safety seat came flying to the front of the vehicle. She stated that the safety seat actually came loose from the seat belt. That the child sustain some minor injuries (2 bumps on the head) but never came out of the graco seat because it remained fastened. The seat was originally position on the passenger side third row bench seat.

- Sauquoit, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 152003


  • miles
We own a 1998 Ford Windstar. When the car was less than a year old we took it in to have a frayed seat belt repaired. I have the paperwork for this repair. We then had a baby and installed a five point harness car seat in that seat position. The car seat remained there for four years, (removed only when so filthy it had to be cleaned), thus the seat belt remained locked in position and was not pulled out or retracted during that time. That baby is now old enough to need a booster seat (which utilizes the seat belt directly). Within six months of starting to use the booster seat daily we noticed that the seat belt was once again fraying. I called the dealer and he told me to bring it in. We took it back to the original repair place (with the paperwork from the first repair) and explained the situation. They told us that since the first repair was at 7138 miles and the van now has 89,123 miles on it that the seat belt was no longer under warranty.

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 272001

(reported on)


  • miles
Restraint on driver's side on second row has shreaded from top of restraint. Dealer will be notified.

- Williamstown, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 111998


  • miles
Child got trapped in the rear seat belt system. The seatbelt was unlocked, but did not release and became tighter as the child struggled with it. It was finally cut to be removed. Dealer has been contacted.

- Ramer, AL, USA

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