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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,550 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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2003 Ford F-150 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 232004

F-150

  • 60,000 miles

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

Seat belt wont lock most times. Has been like this for over 10 years. Both back doors wont open. If truck catches fire you wont be able to get out. Doors opened then one day the were stuck, this is a hazerd if you are sitting in the back and need to get out fast.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 242004

F-150

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F150 pickup. The contact stated that the location of the seat belt was poorly designed and was placed in an awkward position. He was rear ended by another vehicle at the traffic light causing the seat belt holding mechanism to jam in his side and tighten around his shoulders and lap. This caused injuries to his right leg, right hip and lower back. The manufacturer was contacted and informed him that they were sorry for his lost and he should have his lawyer contact them. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042004

F-150

  • 10,000 miles
A wreck on constitution ave Washington D.C., has caused the hard, stiff plastic of seat belt buckle clip that fastens into the lock to keep you buckled in to go into my right front hip. It's position seems to be wrong to me. And to the great cause of such pain in my life to the suffering of my whole life.I have sharp severe pain from it's contact area on my hip. My spine and back have this sever disability that leaves me feeling like I'm tearing into two parts in my back.shock of pain severity is real. This pain was caused by thrown against this hard plastic buckle when the driver drove into my vehicle at 20 mph or more. Which twisted me in the seat and aligned the buckle on my hip bone which smashed that area hard and left me severely injured and out of work for a long time and still suffering five years later and disturbed by lawyers and insurance settlements process to handle this matter. My vehicle is a 2003 Ford F-150 crew cab. The seat buckle engaging lock sticks up out of the seat and sticks up in the air. And this leaves the very hard plastic also of clip there up in the air and depending on how your are wrecked and sitting in the seat at that moment depends on how your body hits that seat belt buckle clip and lock. I got well enough to get back to some normalcy. And did call Ford Motor Co. Which said sorry to hear that and told me they could not assist me further with any injury claim and said I needed to contact another lawyer. I feel I need to file because my case can't get to this issue fast enough to help public warned of it's hazard.

- Arlington , VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

F-150

  • 57,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford F150. The contact stated that the driver's side seat belts would not retract on the vehicle. He was able to buckle the seat belts into the locking mechanism, but it failed to provide restraint. He was concerned that the seat belts would not operate in the event of a crash. The failure and current mileages were less than 57,000.

- Magnolia, DE, USA

problem #2

Sep 152003

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,300 miles
My complaint pertains to an accident that I was involved in on July 29, 2003. I had a frontal collision with another car in an intersection. The other car ran a red light, but the fact is, my right front corner of my bumper hit her left front side at her left front tire and did considerable amount of damage to both vehicles. I have a F150 4X4 supercrew, the other car was a olds' 98 regency full size car. My approximate speed was between 20 to 25 mph, I had just came from another intersection and had not reached the speed limit quite yet. After hitting this car my truck traveled another 20 to 30 yards before hitting a 2 pipe hand/guard rail. The corner post placed a nice V dead center in my bumper. The hood was buckled, both front quarter panels damaged and jammed back into the doors. My air bag did not deploy nor did my seat belts lock in position to prevent myself from hitting the steering wheel with my chest. The truck was repaired by a reliable collision center approved by my insurance company, state farm insurance. I had notified Ford of the air bag and seat belt not working as I was lead to believe it should and was instructed to take my truck to the dealership where I purchased it and have the systems checked out. Dealership test results showed systems all working properly. I contacted Ford again and asked just what it takes to initiate these devices to work. The customer service person read to me what it would take for these to work. I told her that is exactly what I was telling her had happened in the wreck. At this point I have no confidence in my truck and worry that they will not work the next time if ever needed again or if they will even deploy for no reason while I'm driving down the road. I just don't know where to go with this to gain confidence in my truck. I just purchased this truck in April and will take a bad beating if I trade it off now (because it has been damaged in a crash) since I?ll never be able to trade it in or sell it.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #1

Sep 242003

F-150

  • miles
While driving at normal speed consumer's vehicle was involved in a front collision and neither of the air bags deployed, and driver's seat belt did not hold the driver. No air bag warning light appeared prior to collision.

- Spring, TX, USA

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