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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,821 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 292006

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 25 mph towards an intersection the vehicle was impacted by another vehicle and then crashed to a light post. The airbags did not deploy and the driver seat belt did not restrain the contact who impacted the steering wheel. The air bags and seat belts warning lights did not illuminated prior the impact. The police department reported the accident and the fire department evacuated the contact to the nearest hospital. A child riding on the passenger side was restrained by the seat belt and suffered no injuries, however the first impact occurred on the passenger side. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. The inoperable vehicle was towed to the owner residence.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 282003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,464 miles
Front end collision hit center on air bag sensor, no deployment. Seat belts did not restrain myself or passenger. Damage to front frame section had to replace. Total repair bill over $6000 dollars. I had hit the steering wheel causing brain injury, soft tissue damage, lt wrist, left side of body brusing ? on damage to my liver & gaull bladder. Still under invesgation had to have surgery. My son had knee brusing from hitting full force into lower part of dash. Taken to hospital via ambo unconsious for 5 hours not remembering the accident. Just 10 months out of brain surgery just got released to drive now I have a onset of siezures that were controled by meds. Because of my restaint system I am not allowed to drive again. If it had worked I do not think I would of been hurt so bad.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 282003

Astro Van 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I own a 1998 Astro van. I was involved in a head on collision. My air bags did not deploy, nor did my seat belts restrain me from hitting the steering wheel. My son was not restrained either. We both had injuries. Estimate cost of repairs 7-8,000.00 worth the damage. There is severe frame damage that requires a sub frame to be replaced. I need to know if this is a ongoing problem with front end collisons that the air bags do not deploy, or does the seat belt not restrain you?

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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