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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
18 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,995 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 F-150 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 312010

F-150

  • 116,562 miles

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

A 2002 Ford F-150 struck a 1996 Chevy Blazer in the right rear, there for having damage to the front and front left quarter panel of the F-150. The impact was hard enough to roll the Blazer over on to its top. My concern is that the air bags in both vehicles did not deploy the F-150 was traveling at a speed of +40mph at the time of impact, the Blazer was at a parked stop.

- Melbourne , FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 122009

F-150

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While driving 35 mph, a vehicle cut in front of the contact's vehicle. He slammed on the brakes and rear-ended the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained severe chest pains from striking the steering column and his leg sustained minor injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed away by the insurance company, but they were unable to determine why the air bags failed to deploy. The insurance agent determined that the vehicle was destroyed. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 37,000.

- Dry Prong , LA, USA

problem #12

Jan 052008

F-150

  • 88,000 miles
2002 Ford F-150 windshield leaks causing damage to electrical system (fuse box and electrical module). Many issue happening including windshield wipers not working and shorting out the airbag deactivation switch. Windshield repair facility states this was a known issue with the priming of the windshields at installation in manufacturing. Also states it might cause a potential for the windshield to eject itself during a rollover reducing structural integrity of the cab. Dealer who identified the problem stated it was not a known issue but research states otherwise as well as a letter from Ford to the dealerships explaining the issue - #15773.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 222006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,100 miles

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

: the contact stated the driver and passenger side airbag failed to deploy in a frontal impact at 35 to 40mph. Seat belts were in use and minor injuries were sustained. The air bag warning light was not illuminated prior to the accident. The vehicle has been to the dealership however they are unable to determine why the airbags failed to deploy. A police report was filed.

- Leon, KS, USA

problem #10

Jun 282005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states his vehicle rolled over and slid for approximately 75 feet and the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle has been totaled and it has not been inspected as to why the airbags did not deploy. The consumer states he has a neck sprain and a couple other things and his son was also injured. There was a police report taken, #10900633. The accident occurred at mile marker 95.1 on East bound Ohio turnpike 8090 on June 28, 2005.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 172005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,267 miles
While driving down a 2 lane road in my 2002 Ford F-150 "harley davison" pick-up truck doing the posted speed limit (50 mph), I quickly tried to avoid from rearending a mid-model 1990 Ford aerostar passenger van, at a speed between 35-45mph. After impacting the rear end of the van, the air bag(s) on my air bag equiped vehicle "did not deploy". my seat belt was being used. The insurance company and myself had to take a loss of the vehicle, due to the extent of damage done to my vehicle.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 142004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

While traveling in my F150 truck at 65 mph(cruise control set) I was totally blinded by the sun and rear ended a Ford Focus. My wife and I were wearing our seatbelts. Neither airbag deployed which "would have reduced my wife's injuries" (her physician). The hood of my F150 was buckled leading me to believe that the sensor should have activated the airbag. How can we be certain, if the vehicle is repaired, that the airbags will deploy under similiar circumstances?

- Oakland, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 012003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
While driving the consumer lost control of the vehicle and as a result the vehicle landed in a ditch. The frontal air bags failed to deployed on impact. The vehicle was repaired with many new parts. The consumer is concerned that the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle becomes involved in another accident.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #6

Aug 222003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While driving about 40 mph on the highway, another vehicle pulled in front of the consumer's vehicle and caused a collision. The driver's air bag did not deploy. The driver sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance to hospital. There were no fatalities.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 212003

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Consumer states while traveling 30-45 mph and as a result of running into a tree air bags did not deploy.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 032003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

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

I was in an accident and my airbags did not deploy. The fire department, troopers, and ems all felt they should have deployed.

- Vass, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 052003

F-150

  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and the air bags failed to deploy, consumer was injured.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 172003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 162002

F-150

  • miles
Air bags did not deploy in a crash which totaled the F150 & nearly totaled the 2002 Jeep.

- Greentown, IN, USA

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