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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,500 miles

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1998 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 202012


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving 60 mph and attempted to avoid a tractor trailer. While switching lanes, the rear of the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle, causing the contact to spin out of control, crash into the tractor trailer and then into the guard rail. The vehicle was destroyed. The air bags did not deploy. Each of the three passengers were wearing seat belts however none of them locked on impact, causing injury to each of the three passengers. The vehicle was neither repaired nor inspected for the cause of the air bag failure. The failure and the current mileages were 105,000.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 022000


  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident traveling 45 mph, neither the driver or passenger airbags deployed, both driver and passenger were injured in accident, vehicle was considered a complete loss.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

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