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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,714 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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2001 Ford Expedition seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 092006

Expedition 4WD

  • miles


The driver stepped on the gas, and then suddenly stepped on the brake. The middle passenger in the 2nd row of seats was belted in. She, who is also 2 1/2 to 3 months pregnant was thrown to the front row, her upper part of her body reaching all the way into the front seat area because the seat belt failed to hold her in place. The only reason she stopped moving at all was because the belt eventually ran out of length. (a five-month-old infant was also belted in her car seat next to the woman, on the left (driver's) side. The infant's seat belt appeared to work fine, the baby in her car seat remained in place.) the woman who was using the faulty belt initially felt pain in the abdomen (where the lap belt was), and also in her left arm, hand and fingers where she tried to stop herself from flying forward. The next morning the pregnant woman noticed soreness throughout her abdomen area which felt like deep bruising. Her left shoulder and arm are continuing to bother her. The pain in her abdomen has improved as the week has gone on. The owners of the vehicle, one of which is the pregnant woman, are concerned about the complete failure of the seat belt.

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #6

Mar 212006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
: the contact stated the rear passenger side and middle seatbelts are inoperable. Although the dealer was alerted, no inspection has been made.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 092005

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The contact complained about several problems with vehicle. First, the accelerator pedal stuck. The dealer cleaned the throttle body which seemed to solve the problem. The vehicle would sometimes surge forward. She thought the surging was related to apparent transmission problems. She finally had the transmission rebuilt. Part of the cost was covered under the extended warranty. Secondly, the seat belt in the middle row did not retract correctly. The dealer could not duplicate the problem. Therefore, no repairs were made to the seat belt. Thirdly, the left rear door actuator had to be replaced because the power locks were not working. Fourthly, the rear passenger child safety lock did not work properly. Once the child safety lock was deactivated, and the door handle was raised from the inside, the child safety lock activated. The contact's husband corrected this problem by taking apart the lock and cleaning it. She had to push very hard on the exterior key pad to get it to work. The dealer did not think this was a problem since she was able to get it to work eventually. Lastly, the right front power window worked intermittently. The dealer could not duplicate the problem, and no repair was made.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 052005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


I own a 2001 Ford Expedition which has had failure of one of the rear seat belts. When you attempt to lock the seat belt into the buckle it does not lock. I took my vehicle to a Ford dealership and was told the problem could be fixed if I was to pay out of my pocket the expenses because my warranty was expired. I do not feel I should have to pay any out of pocket expenses to cover the repair of my seat belt. I have two children and it is the law to have them secured in my vehicle.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 082004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear driver's side seat belt malfunctioned. Consumer tried to unlock the seat belt from the belt buckle and was unable to do so. Therefore, consumer cut the seat belt in pieces. Consumer will contact the dealer in the near future.

- Climax, MI, USA

problem #2

May 132004


  • 55,000 miles
Rear middle seat belt was hard to unlock from the belt buckle. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #1

Oct 292003

(reported on)


  • miles
Seat belt will not stay locked in the rear. The passengers are not properly restrained.

- Delbarton, WV, USA

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