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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,087 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 Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 092012

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, there sudden acceleration and a jerking movement when the gear was shifted. The steering wheel began to move erratically from side to side. The contact crashed into another vehicle from the passenger side before crashing into a retainer wall. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and back. The driver of the other vehicle also sustained head and neck injuries. The police were called and a report was filed. The insurance company was notified of the failure and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 282009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 106,000 miles
I currently own a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. During the thanksgiving holiday, while my vehicle was stationary, there was a spark, then a fire under my hood. The flame ignited and melted the speed control switch. After speaking to my regular mechanic he mentioned that there is a recall on this piece and we should have it looked at by Ford. Upon having it towed to a Ford dealership they told me my VIN was not included in the recall list and therefore would not be covered. I spoke to a representative with Ford customer service who confirmed what the dealership service department had stated. When I asked how my vehicle could have the same issue as recall #09S09 (speed control deactivation switch recall) but not be included, all the representative would repeat is that the recalls are VIN specific and there was nothing else she could do. My question is that if this is the same item/issue as the recall, then why isn't my vehicle covered in the recall" can you please provide me any assistance on resolving this issue" the vehicle is currently awaiting an estimate and being repaired at ancira Ford in floresville, tx.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

May 052008

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While driving approximately 40 mph the anti-lock brake system warning light intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the malfunction was related to the NHTSA campaign id number 07V336000 (vehicle speed control). However, the VIN was excluded from the recall. The failure mileage was 150,000. The current mileage was 166,000.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 172008

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,522 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While driving between 25-50 mph on wet pavement, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a dirt embankment. There were no injuries and the front end of the vehicle was severely damaged. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel prior to the failure. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The contact recently received a recall notice regarding the vehicle speed control failure and the possibility that a fire could occur. A police report was filed. The NHTSA campaign id number was unavailable. The failure mileage was 99,522. Updated 03/09/09. The cosnumer stated he was driving down the road with the cruise control on, he approached a vurb, he went to hit the brakes to slow down and the vehicle would not slow down, because the cruise control would not release. Updated 03/12/09.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 152007

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact received a safety recall notice on August 20, 2007 for the vehicle speed control. The speed control switch was disconnected in September of 2007. He has called Ford each month up until March of 2008 and was informed each time that the part will be available the following month. There had been no failure to date. The purchase date and recall number were unknown. The current mileage was 57,500. Update 04-02-08

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #4

Aug 152007

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact received a safety recall notice for the vehicle speed control in August of 2007. He has been informed every month thereafter that the parts will be available the following month. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 99,000. Updated 3/4/08

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 152007

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,758 miles

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

Received a letter dated 8/07 that the speed control of my vehicle,2002 Ford Explorer Sport track, could cause a fire even when engine turned off. A month passes or two before I was able to take my truck to have the speed control disconnected. At this time the grubbs shop manager informed me that currently no parts were available to fix the speed control. I should think that since 8/07 there has been time for the Ford Motor Company to get these problems taken care of, and since I used to use my speed control heavily I'm tired of this waiting without any notification from the parent company so I' complaining.

- Columbia, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 042007

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While proceeding to make a left turn, the vehicle failed to stop. The contact had to apply maximum pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The failure also occurred while her husband was driving the vehicle. When he applied maximum pressure to the brakes, the vehicle accelerated. The contact stated that when she depresses the brake pedal, the vehicle suddenly speeds forward. The failure has occurred three times and the most recent occurrence caused him to crash into a wall. The air bags deployed and the damages totaled $6,800. The dealer informed her that they would look into the matter. As of August 15, 2007, the vehicle is still in the repair shop. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 51,050. Updated 10/04/07

- Villa Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 192002

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
Consumer states that at approximately 3,500 miles the vehicle started having problems. The vehicle will go from 60-3 mph instantly. Vehicle was taken to the service department the first time it happened, and on June 6 and 15, 2005. They couldn't find anything wrong with it.

- Waco, TX, USA

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