NHTSA — Seat Belts: Front: Anchorage Problems


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

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 202000

Grand Prix

  • miles


When turning, the seat belt got caught under the audio switch housings on the steering wheel, locking the wheel. In the first incident, the left side housing pulled out completly allowing further operation of the steering wheel. In the second incident, the remaining right switch housing did not come out, the steering wheel was not operational, and the driver nearly hit another vehicle before being able to stop. The driver is a 5 ft tall woman who has the seat all the way forward so she can reach the pedals and see over the steering wheel. The dealer said we should buy blocks for the pedals and not sit so close to the wheel. Pontiac customer service said we should have recognized this problem before we bought the car and not purchased it; they don't see it as a safety issue. I requested Pontiac to replace the wheel with the switchless type and they refused.

- Littlestown, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 201999

Grand Prix

  • miles
I have had two car accidents. In both accidents the air bags did not come out and the seat belts offered no protection either. The design of the neck restrain allowed my neck to go back causing severe injury to a disc. If the saftey system failed one time I wondered. But failed twice the car or design has problems. When first purchasing my car they had to replace the shifter when I bought the car. Again I am having the same problem will not shift out of park.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 261998

Grand Prix

  • miles
Pontiac voided warranty due to stereo equipment. Seat belt anchor attachment failed, Pontiac refuses to fix.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 231997

(reported on)

Grand Prix

  • miles
Design of seatbelt causes them to rest on the neck instead of the shoulder.

- Ballston L, NY, USA

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