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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,167 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 Sport Trac seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 102009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 125,000 miles


01 Ford exp Sport Trac 4X4 with rear radio/ac controls air bag warning light does not go out and keeps popping fuse (location for fan blower) and blower inop even with higher amp fuses. Happens change weather cold/hot and rough roads. Jiggle wire harness under dash/center console area corrects (temp). Can not trouble shoot airbag mod when fuse blown. Ac inop when fuse blown.

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #5

Oct 062003

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
On the Oct 6th 2003 I was driving the Ford sport-trac and suffered a seizure. I then lost control of the truck and crashed into a wall of a home in the area. The truck caught fire and I was fortunate enough to have 2 people pull me from the truck before it exploded. The airbags in the truck did not deploy and I broke my back in 2 places. The doctor at the hospital told me that the breaks in my back and the bruises on my front side alligned with the steering wheel and that was the source of my injuries. No source of the fire was found and the truck melted at the scene. I am now injured for life because of this incident. I contacted Ford at the time and they never contacted me back after they said they would.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 112004

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Restraint control module (rcm) became inoperable on 2001 Ford Explorer sportrac.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #3

Oct 162003

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 68,000 miles


After making an emergency stop air bag light came on and remained on while driving. Vehicle was taken to the dealer. Dealer informed consumer that the problem could be an electrical short.

- Boyce, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 062003

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
While driving the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, driver suffered a seizure. Vehicle hit the post, then vehicle shot across 2 lanes of traffic at approximately 30 mph hitting a tree head on. The air bags did not deploy. Vehicle burst into flames. If passer bys did not pull driver from vehicle, driver would have died. Vehicle had approximately 25,000 miles on it. Driver suffered broken back. Vehicle totaled. Damage to tree, wall, house.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282002

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Consumer states vehicle has a squeak in air bag compartment. Air bag bolts were tightened.

- Red Bud, IL, USA

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