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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,875 miles

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 312010

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles


1 driver getting into the drivers seat, preparing to leave by buckling the seatbelt and pushing it firmly into the buckle lock 2 the cause is unknown after many failures, as the belt simply begins to wind back to the B-pillar as if the driver had just exited the vehicle. No noise is made, no force needs to be exerted on the belt to recreate the failure, in which recreation is impossible. Often failure may occur after an extended amount of driving time. 3 unknown to date.

- Smithville, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 022004

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We recently discovered that the 1998 Jeep Cherokee is one of the vehicles with the gen3 or gen4 seat belts that has a release button that protrudes from the rest of the buckle and can come undone when bumped by an elbow, hand, or child's car seat. It has been blamed for 17 deaths and 27 serious injuries. What rights do the owners of these vehicles have as far as having the faulty seatbelts replaced? we didn't buy from a Jeep dealership, but if their product is defective, I think they should fix it regardless of where you bought the vehicle. I don't want my son to be a statistic.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 222003

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 6,500 miles
The vehicle was involve in an accident. The Jeep was hit on the front quarter panel. The shoulder harness of the seat belt failed to restrain the passenger in which she was thrown forward hitting her head on the windshield. The front passenger side seat belt did not lock in the crash. The driver's side did lock and the driver had witness marks and bruising from the belt webbing. The front seat passenger was thrown forward as a result of the impact resulting in an injury to the back of her head when hitting windshield. The passenger has neck spasms and sustained bruising on extremities. The vehicle is totaled. The air bags did deploy in the event. The seat was in the full rearward position and was seated normally. The passenger claims that they were not out of position. Cw consumer called back stating that they inspected the passenger's front seat belt as per a request by ODI. The webbing was tugged numerous time but would seldom lock up as a result of the quick jerks on the webbing. Also stated that the passenger hit head on the windshield causing it to break.

- Escanaba, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 182003

Grand Cherokee 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
The seat belts unlatched when the vehicle hit the slightest bump.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

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