Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 2
Average Mileage:
3,671 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #16

Feb 032004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,740 miles

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

Airbags did not deploy after front-end collision with speed of approx. 25-30 miles per hour. Resulting in cervical sprains to two passengers. Passengers were wearing seat bags. Vehicle was equipped with two air bags.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #15

Apr 072003

Explorer

  • miles
The vehicle crashed into a tree at 40 mph, and none of the air bags deployed.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #14

Mar 242003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
While driving the truck ran off the road and struck a telephone pole head on. Neither frontal air bag deployed.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #13

Aug 302002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

My daughter's 2001 Explorer Sport was traveling South on I-75 diped to the right returned to the road and traveled aprox 1/2 mile and then rolled left to right and tumbled end over end killing both passangers. The air bags never deployed, and there seems to be no apparrent reason my daughter lost control of the vehical and it rolled.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 072002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While at a stop vehicle was rearended at high speed and pushed into vehicle in front. Neither airbag deployed, driver suffered minor injuries, damage to vehicle was $ 8000.00.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 152002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head-on collision at 45 mph, and neither airbag deployed. Consumer suffered minor injuries, damage to vehicle unknown.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 142002

Explorer

  • miles

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

During a crash airbags did not deploy.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Passenger's airbags separated from dashboard console during impact. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 282002

Explorer

  • miles
I was in an accident where I rearended the in front of me the impact was so minor that there was no damage to either vehicle except that both of my air bags blew. I have an accident report and a estimate that clearly state no damage. On the web I found www.marketdrive.com/service/tsbs.asp that tells of 2001 Explorer problems #01110 passive restraint: Air bag impact sensor. I have asked a few dealers of the imformation and they have no clue on what this is. Why did the bags blow at such a minor hit, will they go off if I bump a curb? I was by my self and happy that my wife was not in the other seat.

- Burbank, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 282001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle skidded on ice, went down an embankment through a chainlink fence, and rolled 3 times. Airbags did not deploy, no injuries. Vehicle was totalled.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #6

Dec 092001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 45mph, hit a deer and airbags deployed, but did not inflate. Vehicle had frontal impact. Consumers head hit the steering wheel in the accident.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 302001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When driving at 40 mph consumer was involved in a frontal collision which demolished front end of vehicle. Upon impact, neither air bag deployed.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 022001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a 35-40 mph frontal collision in which vehicle went under a tractor trailer, and driver's/passenger's air bags did not deploy.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 092000

Explorer

  • miles
Airbags did not deploy in a collision at 5-10mph, resulting in minor injuries. Ford has been notified.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was at a stop sign and suddenly accelerated into another vehicle. Brakes and both airbags deployed, and consumer hurt his head. The accelerator and brake pedal were very close together that it was easy to depress both simultaneously causing the vehicle to accelerate instead of slowing down.

- Lock Port, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 122000

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a head-on collsion with a Chevrolet S10 1987 at 40-45 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Manufacturer was not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Lalancaster, OH, USA

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