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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,052 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #20

Jul 222016


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Ford edge. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V384000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 062016


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 45 mph, the driver and passenger side air bags deployed independently. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was out of warranty. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Milltown, IN, USA

problem #18

Jul 152015


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled, lost braking and steering ability, and crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The contact stated that several warning lights illuminated momentarily. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a local garage. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but did not help, claiming that there was no indication of vehicular malfunction. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #17

Feb 272015


  • 69,237 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the driver fell asleep due to a health issue and the vehicle traveled off the road and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained a head concussion and cracked ribs. The front passenger injured both the left and right hands severely. The driver and passenger required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,237.

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

problem #16

Dec 172013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the seat belt pretensioner became stuck on every seat except the front passenger seat belt. Also, the contact mentioned that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed but not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 182013


  • miles
The contact owned a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel independently veered to the right causing the contact to crash. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the contact sustained injuries to her legs, back, neck and face that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable. 4/15/15

- Bumpass , VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 252013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The seat belt didn't engage and the air bag didn't fully inflate then broke off and landed in the back sit.

- Gilbert , AZ, USA

problem #13

Jan 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
There are two specific but related problems reported to Ford without resolution: 1. dome light assembly - switch burnt: In early 2014 the manual slide switch on the dome light shorted out and melted ? burning the inside of the assembly. Thus, the switch would no longer operate properly. It was disconnected by the owner. A Ford replacement assembly was purchased in September, 2014, which replaced the defective assembly. The assembly had an engineering change which eliminated the manual slide switch. Owner has pictures and has retained the defective assembly. Note: The melting of the slide switch and burning of the plastic housing could have ignited the headliner. Very dangerous. 2. air bag fuse: When replacing the dome light assembly, it was noticed that a fuse had blow due to the switch melting. The fuse panel was accessed and it was verified that fuse #25 (demand lamps) was open. A spare fuse, per the owner?S manual, was moved from position #32 (spare) to position #25. The new dome light now worked properly. However, the next day it was noticed that the SRS (safety restraint system) light was on which indicated a possible problem with the SRS. The car was brought to the dealer on September 30, 2014. It was determined by the dealer that fuse position #32 is really not a spare as indicated in the owner"S manual " it is instead the fuse that controls the restraints control module circuit which when it was removed caused the SRS light to appear. (of course the dealer charged for the service!) subject vehicle owner?S manual can be found online.) note: The owner?S manual must be changed to reflect the appropriate fuse locations. If someone had to use the spare fuse incorrectly marked, while driving remotely, and then subsequently got into an accident, the airbags would not deploy! very dangerous.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #12

Aug 012014


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the air bag and check engine warning lights illuminated continuously. In addition, the vehicle began shaking. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering) and after the recall repair, the failures occurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #11

Jul 052014


  • 150,000 miles
My car was involved in an accident, on the hwy, in which the driver lost control and the car rolled several times. The 2 front airbags never deployed. None of the 3 adult passengers were seriously hurt. The car was totaled. I bought the car from a Ford dealership for $15,000, used. The airbags should have opened. The driver and passengers could have been killed.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #10

Feb 222012


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact was driving 40 mph when the electronic power steering assist failed and caused the steering wheel to seize. The contact was unable to control the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The airbags did not deploy and the contact sustained neck and lower back injuries. The police were contacted and a police report was filed of the incident. The contact's insurance company inspected the vehicle and deemed the vehicle as destroyed. The manufacturer was contacted and did not acknowledge the failure to the power steering component. The failure and the current mileage was 113,000.

- Bladenton, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 132011


  • 71,000 miles
I was hit head on by a vehicle that was traveling aprox 60 miles per hour. My airbags did not deploy. But the airbag light on my bash lit up as if they had deployed. I have asked several certified mechanics why this happened and have never been given the same answer twice. I asked a Ford plant worker that helped build my Escape, he also had no answer. My brothers was also involved, this last summer, in a high impact totaling his Focus and the airbags did not deploy, again, no answer, just a lot of shrugs and him hawing. Once again my best friend had a 2012 Explorer it was 4 months old she hit a deer full on causing over 18,000$ in damage, and again, no airbags deployed! why" I find it disturbing that we all paid no less that 15,000$ for a Ford vehicle and none of us were protected by the safety equipment, nor were we provided with a sufficient explanation as to why it did not work. Do any of you have a viable non double speak reason for this" * information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) *

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #8

Aug 152011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 35 mph the contact crashed into two other vehicles. The air bags did not deploy. There was damage to front end of the vehicle. The driver of one of the vehicle complained of back pain but did not seek medical attention. The police were called to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a body shop for repairs to the body damage. The vehicle had not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Parma Heights, OH, USA

problem #7

May 202011

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
08 Escape 4dsw AWD was involved in a crash, was pulling out of drive when hit by a Ram 350 across the front end from behind left front tire causing total loss and minor injury to passenger of chest and knees. The car has 6 locations of airbags and none of them deployed.

- Snowflake, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jan 092009


  • 1,200 miles
Air bag amber warning light comes on after starting engine (solid light). Most times it will go out when you turn the ignition off and restart. Stays out for several weeks and the problem returns. This is happening for over a year. Several different dealers have confirmed problem but don't have a fix. Is the air bag system functional?

- Rabun Gap, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 032009


  • 36,500 miles
In the early morning hours in heavy rain, my vehicle slid on the road and ran into the back of a mach truck. The speed was approximately 35 mph, and the entire front end of my vehicle was pushed back. The air bag did not deploy and the driver hit the steering wheel, only being somewhat protected by wearing a seat belt. The vehicle is currently in the shop for repairs, pending insurance investigation. The vehicle in question is a 2008 Ford Escape.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 182008


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving between 25-30 mph on normal road conditions, the air bags deployed without an impact or crash occurring. The driver sustained minor injuries from the moderate force. The air bag warning indicator did not illuminate on the instrument panel. The entire instrument panel, windshield, and steering wheel were damaged. The police was called to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was able to be driven to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified, but did not assist. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure and current mileages were 111,000.

- Fond Du Lac , WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 312008


  • 2,000 miles
I was traveling down a busy road at about 35 miles an hour and collided into a vehicle that pulled out in front of me. My front passenger side area (the passenger side headlight) impacted with the drivers side passenger door of a 2002 Mercedes Benz. The Mercedes' airbags deployed on the side of the impact. None of the 6 airbags deployed in my brand new 2008 Escape. Fortunately none of my passengers (wife, 4 yr old daughter, 11 mo old son) were injured. If this accident had occurred on the interstate or had we been traveling faster, due to the air bags not deploying, bodily injury and or death could have occurred to the occupants of my vehicle. There were damages to my vehicle in excess of $8500 at the initial estimate. I am still waiting for my truck to be fixed. I will attempt to contact the dealership as well as Ford Motor Company to work out a remedy if possible. This is an apparent defect and needs to be addressed asap. If you have any advice on how I should approach this with the dealership and or Ford mc, please let me know.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 082007

Escape 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While exiting the driveway in reverse at 10 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle would not stop. There were no warning lights illuminated prior to the failure. Several months later, the failure recurred while approaching a stop sign. The contact's vehicle struck another vehicle and the damages exceeded $2,400. The dealer stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. Several weeks later, the failure recurred and the contact was involved in another crash. The air bags failed to deploy. The damages exceeded $8,000. During each failure, the contact depressed the brake pedal all the way down to the floor. He still has possession of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 6,000 and current mileage was 13,000 updated 06/16/08

- Bassett, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 182007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 15mph, the contact crashed into a parked mobile home and the air bags didn't deploy. There was damage to his vehicle; however, there wasn't any damage to the motor home. The front passenger seat was damaged and destroyed. There were no passengers in the vehicle or injuries. There were no warning lights present before or after the crash occurred. A police report will be available in 10 days. Photos are available. The vehicle is at the repair facility. The VIN and the engine size are not available. The failure and current mileage was 2,100. California traffic collision report. Updated 10/15/07

- Coronado , CA, USA

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