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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
134,566 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace belt receiver (1 reports)
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 #2

Oct 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Spoke to the dealership a few years ago & they said they have not heard of any other people having this issue. It seems kind of important to ensure that seat belts stay engaged. This started out very random and I could not force the duplication of the seatbelt receiver popping out. Now it does it very frequently. I reengage it immediately but I have little faith that it won't pop out on impact when I really need it. I wish they would do the right thing and recall the seatbelts. I have reported it to the NHTSA. Please report it to the NHTSA if you experience this.

- , Redding, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012012

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,132 miles

I own a 2002 Ford F-150 Lariat, VIN# 1FTRX17L32NA16479, (a remarkable truck, “Big Red” has 199132 miles, & all mine!) It has run virtually flawlessly since I bought it in 2002. I have replaced tires and batteries, and that is it, oh yes, and the #8 sparkplug. Big Red has towed trailers, 5th wheel campers, and taken us on many long trips throughout the southwest. However, it still has a driver side safety belt problem, for over 7 years now. I have visited many repair facilities, Ford, and private alike to help correct the problem to no avail.

All have advised me to lubricate it. I do this but it seems to make the problem worse. Sometimes it appears that the cold temperature makes the problem worse but not all of the time. Often it pops out when I am on a bumpy roadway or turning onto or off a parking lot. Sometimes it just pops out seemingly for no reason. Every day many times throughout the day, the belt will pop out of the locked position. I do have good results by turning the male end 180 degrees and inserting it into the lock. Unfortunately, I am not sure if it will hold in an accident, either way I insert it. I cannot insert it into the center passenger location. I believe it has been designed that way due to the electronic connection. Recently I have learned I am not the only Ford Motor Company car owner with this problem thus prompting me to write you. Maybe there was a recall on this problem.

- , Kingman, AZ, USA

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