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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Mercury Villager seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 202001

Villager

  • miles

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

While stopped at a red light, dual front airbags deployed, causing my car to lurch forward into vehicle in front of mine. Very little structural exterior/interior damage was done to my car which indicated that the airbags may have either caused the accident, or gone off unnecessarily at too low a speed. On the very same day, a safety recall notice from Ford Motor Co. Arrived in the mail indicating that there is also a defect in the filler pipe vent hose of my vehicle which could cause a fire. Did this somehow cause a malfunction of the airbag sensors" or is there a fuel line irregularity that could have caused the sudden lurching forward of my car? I had noticed in the weeks prior to this incident, somewhat jerky acceleration of my car, but thought it was just due to the cold weather. Also, there is evidence of gasoline or oil having leaked from car on the floor of my garage. My husband and I only noticed this when we returned home after the accident, and our car was not parked in its usual spot. I hope you can investigate this matter. I believe that if airbags were to go off spontaneously at a higher speed, they would most certainly cause a complete loss of control of the car, and possible fatalities. Additionally, if one's foot is accidentally released from the brake pedal, but not placed on the accelerator, should the car lurch or surge forward" I feel that the trauma and sudden deployment of the airbag may have caused me to recoil and release the brake, thereby causing a loss of control of my vehicle. Fortunately, we were stopped at a light, and my children and I only sustained minor physical injuries.

- Montvale, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 082000

(reported on)

Villager

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy. Vehicle was totaled. Dealer has been notified.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 201999

Villager

  • miles
Vehicle was in an accident on 20-Jul-99. Upon impact, air bags deployed, but vehicle continued to accelerate in the intersection. Consumer wanted to know if airbags deployed should vehicle have stopped.

- Milmay, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 201999

Villager

  • miles
Vehicle was in an accident on 20-Jul-99. Upon impact, air bags deployed, but vehicle continued to accelerate in the intersection. Consumer wanted to know if airbags deployed should vehicle have stopped.

- Milmay, NJ, USA

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