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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Ford Excursion seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 062004

Excursion Diesel

  • 66,000 miles


My husband was buckling our 3 year old in her car seat in our 2002 Excursion and the seat belt detached from the frame of the car. Left 2nd seat: Seat belt bolt (location-retractor attached at frame) was either not properly tightened, locked tight improperly applied or nut is ill-fitting causing nut to separate from bolt, possibly related to pivoting retractor design. Seat belt detached at retractor and became unusable. Fortunately discovered while car parked and buckling child into booster seat. If accident would have occurred prior, seat belt would have separated and failed, and child would have been injured or killed! locktight was re-applied and nut was re-attached to bolt at proper torque.

- Newport Bch., CA, USA

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