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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2004 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, and engine problems from the NHTSA complaint data — so it's not a model year we can recommend.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,886 miles

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2004 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Apr 222016

Escape

  • 130,000 miles

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

In April 2016, I purchased a used 2004 Ford Escape with approximately 130,000 miles on it. The vehicle had a recent state inspection sticker verifying that it passed all state safety standards, to include having working airbags. However, after driving the Escape for only a few days, the airbag light started flashing and later stayed on. Now the airbag stays on all the time. During this same time, the vehicle also started experience an intermittent stalling problem. Not sure if these problems are connected to a larger issue...especially since both problems started occurring at the same time. After reading various articles online, I realized that the airbag light issue is a common problem among Ford Escapes and expensive to fix and sometimes a reoccurring problem. I have driven many other vehicles (non-Ford) with over 200,000 miles on them, and none of these vehicles have ever had any non-operable airbag issues. Due to this being a serious safety issue, with airbag(s) in the Ford Escapes becoming prematurely inoperable, Ford should make a safety recall to fix this problem...before someone accidentally gets hurt or killed, from having an inoperable airbag or airbags in their vehicle.

- Ruckersville, VA, USA

problem #36

Jun 102016

Escape

  • 144,500 miles
Airbag light blinks or continuously stays on...also rear passenger shock has broken away from wheel well causing unsafe driving conditions. I just had this vehicle financed back in February 2016.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #35

Jun 062016

Escape

  • 100,000 miles
The SRS airbag light was blinking-the code said that the seatbelt connector had failed-they had to remove and replace the seatbelt connectors costing us $493.13, and this is a safety issue that Ford should cover under a warranty or safety recall. I am out $493.13 plus the $100 diagnostic fee and need to be compensated for this. I have attached the services performed by the repair shop. Ford said it was not covered by warranty or any recall. That is ridiculous. Please advise. Thanks

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #34

Dec 162014

Escape

  • miles

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

Takata recall

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #33

Jan 092015

Escape

  • 120,000 miles
Takata recall

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #32

Dec 152015

Escape

  • 72,400 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While starting the vehicle, the air bag warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,400.

- Sunnyvale, TX, USA

problem #31

Oct 092015

Escape

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the seatbelt alarm pre-tensioner needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #30

Oct 142015

Escape

  • miles
The contact owned a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the speed accelerated independently, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to respond causing the vehicle to crash into a guard rail. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #29

Aug 292015

Escape

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #28

Jul 122012

Escape

  • 74,508 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving at 35 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician replaced two front seat belt buckles and terminals. Also, the air bag warning fault code was cleared. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 74,508.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #27

Jul 122012

Escape

  • miles

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

I have a 2004 Ford Escape, in 2012 I paid $336.90 to have the air bag fixed. In 2014 the air bag light returned, I paid $356.83 for it to be fixed again. Now I recently paid $99.95 for a diagnostic fee to be told I need to pay an additional 600 plus to have it fixed. I called Ford who said they can do nothing. I called the dealer where the car was allegedly repaired and they were of no help. This is a major safety problem and I do not have the funds to fix it again and truly believe Ford should fix it and or reimburse me for the costs I have incurred so far. Can you help?

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #26

Nov 282014

Escape

  • 140,000 miles
Vehicle airbag light goes on and off intermittently. This happens whether parked or driving, whether there is a passenger or not. Vehicle will "rev" in park, if the steering wheel is turned slightly, bumped or move. Twice vehicle has "jumped" while in parked when this has happened. Major issue: Door locks will not open. There is no manual lock on the doors, only electronic. No place for a key. Passengers have been locked inside with no way to exit vehicle except to climb over seat. Will happen to various doors, most often the front passenger door, but not all doors at the same time (we believe this may happen, ) door lock will click 3 times but will not unlock.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #25

Mar 012006

Escape

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving at 30 mph, the contact heard a noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the air bag and seat belts warning lights illuminated and the front driver side seat belt failed to retract. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the rear passenger inner fender well corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was also taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the seat belt pretensioner connectors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 012010

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bag light is continually on for many years - feel a safety issue I haven't received a recall notice on the airbags no crash rear inner fender wells rust through on 2004 Ford Escape models according to dealership- manufacturer issue - would like replaced - safety issue my entire family owns Ford vehicles. My father retired from Ford, canton, Ohio we have always been proud to be Ford owners.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #23

Dec 022014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I was in a head on crash going approximated 35 mph and my air bags did not deploy.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #22

Mar 032014

Escape

  • 55,000 miles
The airbag light on the dash board flashes as it's supposed to and then remains illuminated. This defect was present and known about long before the 2013 model recall. Include earlier year Escapes in the airbag recall--we are still driving them.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #21

Jun 212006

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The air bag light flashes code 46 and stays on, will not go off. Taken it to Ford dealership 3 times does not fix problem. I have researched this issue and it is very widespread problem and should be a recall. This is definitely a safety issue! please do a recall on this problem!!!

- Coden, AL, USA

problem #20

Feb 152014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 88,688 miles
Airbag sensor displayed on dash. Will not go off. Scheduling diagnostic test on Friday 2/21/2014. Researched problem on internet, apparently this is happening much to often for it to be a individual problem. My mechanic stated it has become a common problem with Ford Escapes. The cost to repair is not cheap. I cannot believe that the government has not intervened and alerted the public or at the very least Ford Escape owners. I am disabled and have no income at this time. I truly hope that the government will hold Ford Motor Company to this issue before someone gets serious hurt or worse killed.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #19

Sep 262013

Escape

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated the seat belt would not communicate to the air bag to activate while engaged. The air bag light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the wiring system to the seat belt needed to be replaced. The dealer did not replace the wiring system. The dealer stated that in the event of a crash, the air bags possibly would not deploy. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #18

Dec 152012

Escape 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for repair. The mechanic stated that the air bag wiring in the front driver and passenger side seats would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

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