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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,946 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2002 Ford Escort seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 052008


  • 59,890 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escort. While driving approximately 10 mph to make a left turn, both frontal air bags deployed without an impact or crash. The passenger sustained minor injuries. The windshield on the passenger side was shattered and the passenger compartment became engulfed with smoke. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and has not been driven since. The dealer has not been notified. The manufacturer stated that they would contact her by letter or phone within 15 days. The current and failure mileages were 59,890.

- Shunland, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,002 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was involved in a crash at 20mph, neither front air bags deployed. The front end of the vehicle was damaged while striking another vehicle. The vehicle was able to be driven 2 miles from the initial impact sight before the engine stalled. All three occupants of the vehicle received injuries to the neck and back. The police were at the scene of the accident and inspected the air bags. The police noticed the smell of the air bags were present, although the air bags did not inflate. The insurance also filed a report and deemed the vehicle totaled.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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