really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,909 miles

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1998 Buick Park Avenue seat belts / air bags problems

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1998 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 242015

Park Avenue

  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Park Avenue. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the passenger side seat belt was twisted. As a result, the seat belt failed to retract and became jammed in the retractor. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 00V117000 (seat belts); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 72,000....updated 09/14/16 consumer stated the front seat belt failure on the vehicle is entirely consistent with the attached recall notice yet GM asserts that this recall doesn't apply to vehicles VIN number. Updated 5/30/18

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #10

Aug 042014

Park Avenue

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Park Avenue. The contact stated that the driver and front passenger side seat belts were not properly retracting and detracting. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 00V117000 (seat belts). The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #9

Sep 011999

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
I brought the recall print out from the NHTSA # 00V117000 and the dealer said GM doesn't list my vehicle, but when you run the VIN my vehicle is included in the recall. I've have experienced problems with the passenger seat belt for years and it need to be fixed. The local GM dealer in the houghton lake, Michigan area is: Nester Chevrolet. Nester Chevrolet phone number is: 989-422-5126. My passengers can't get the seat belt to fasten because the retractor won't extend far enough to buckle the belt. This is a violation of the seat belt law in Michigan not to wear a seat belt. I need your help!

- Houghton Lake, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 052008

Park Avenue

  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Buick Park Avenue. The passenger side seat lap belt is locked in a position and cannot be pulled out to wrap across the passenger. NHTSA campaign id number 00V117000 (seat belts:front:webbing) was referenced. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Rosswell, NM, USA

problem #7

Oct 012000

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was having the very same problem as mentioned in recall 00V117000. He contacted the dealer and the manufacturer, and was told that there was no recall. The two front seat belts frequently began jammed in the shoulder belt retractor. This not only happen while initially buckling the belt but also occurred while driving leaving slack in the belt.

- Xenia, OH, USA

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problem #6

Aug 152002

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
After buying my '98 Park Avenue, I noticed that after washing it on a couple of occasions that the paint had began to chip. I took it to a couple of paint shops and everyone said that this car should not have paint peeling and it was a defect because they could see the factory primer. My engine died without any warning. The teperature gauge didn't show that it was overheated and no smoke or steam came from under the hood. Right before the car stopped the dic showed : check coolant levels and even then it didn't beep as it should have. I have had a problem with my seat belts since purchasing this vehicle. They are continuously tangled and twisted when they cross the body. Moreover, my owner's manual has an illustration that states that my seatbelt usage is incorrect.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #5

Feb 242004

(reported on)

Park Avenue 6-cyl

  • miles


Front shoulder belt (passenger side) became stuck. Took vehicle for repair to a personal mechanic and told consumer that a public safety campaign was released. Mechanic recommended to take vehicle to an authorized dealer.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 062003

Park Avenue

  • miles
Consumer stated that on 11/06/03 vehicle was involved in a head on collision in which he sustained injuries. When consumer's vehicle was hit head on consumer hit the post of the windshield, bounced back and was thrown forward. He hit head on the windshield. The seat belt never held him. Consumer sustained seat belt burns across the collar bone. About 2 years ago shoulder belts were repaired due to a recall.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 152002

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Consumer is having the same seat belt problem as mentioned in recall 00-V-117-000.

- Marcellus, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 252001

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Rear seat belts failed to retract after being used. Would have a lot of slack after pulling out to be used. Had taken vehicle for repairs of both front and rear belts. Mechanic repaired front belts and not rear. Indicated excessive mileage on vehicle for rear belts to be repaired.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 091998

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • miles
Driver's side seatbelt does not retract. Problem has been reported to dealers, and they cannot correct problem. Owner is very concerned for safety.

- Balrico, FL, USA

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