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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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1998 Lexus ES 300 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Lexus ES 300 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 182013

ES 300 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Both left and right rear seat belt buckles have failed. I am unable to insert belts into the buckle. Cleaning and lube had no affect.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142010

ES 300

  • miles
Seat belt retraction failure. The seat belt on my 1998 Lexus had been slow to retract, sometimes not retract at all. It appears this problem is not unique to this model or year. Many other vehicles made by Toyota and Lexus have the exact same problem (based on searching on the internet). This is probably due to a defect in components of the seat belt assembly.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

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