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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,024 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.

2014 Ford Fiesta seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2014 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 022016


  • 54,000 miles


I have a accident on 9/2/2016 and the car air bags did not work at all.. I was doing 45 miles in the 45 mile zone on a curve a drunk driver hit me on my driver side. I was injury after that with ribs fracture, and other.

- North Augusta, SC, USA

problem #5

Oct 192015


  • 10,100 miles
I was driving at about 35 miles an hour when a person made an illegal U turn in front of me. The impact was in the dead center of my car. The air bag at my feet deployed but the one in the steering wheel did not. I had severe bruising from the impact with the steering wheel and the seat belt. I have pictures of the impact and the lower air bag deployment without the steering wheel air bag.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 232015


  • 40,000 miles
Our daughter was in a 3 car accident. There was bridge construction and all of a sudden traffic went from moving at highway speed to stopped. Directly ahead of our daughter was a refrigerator truck. Our daughter was not able to stop quickly enough and struck the back of the refrigerator truck. The speed listed above is an estimate. No one in the other vehicles were hurt, nor did their cars sustain repairable damage. My daughter's car was stopping straight at the point of collision and struck the back of the truck square. The officer at the scene suggested she be checked out in the er. My daughter sustained soft tissues injuries and bruises. After some time with the chiropractor she should be fine. My question/concern deals with the air bag system. The driver knee airbag deployed, the steering wheel airbag did not. Is that possible" are there situations where it is appropriate for the lower bag to deploy without deploying the steering wheel air bag" the seat belt did stop her, although it left a large red mark on her shoulder. If the system worked correctly that is fine. We would like to hear from someone with expertise in this area to make sure that there is nothing faulty in her car. If needed we can supply photos to show the exact damage. The vehicle is at the dealership now for repairs, so the mileage is a good estimate. Thank-you for your help.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 272015

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 1,800 miles


Violent left side collision (T bone type) by high powered 400 hp 1995 Chevrolet comaro going through a stop sign, accelerating across four lanes, then leaving the scene of the accident. I was not injured. The car was significantly damaged. The car was pushed perpendicular and partly rotated. There were two eye witnesses. After a moment of recovery I gave chase and caught the driver in a driveway several blocks down Wisconsin ave in tampa Florida. Called police and my insurance company usaa. I was the only occupant. Air bags did not deploy. I reported this to Ford and regional service manager seemed to take great interest initially and said she would have air bags thoroughly evaluated after collision repair. After repair, a month later, I called her and she delayed responding for three weeks, finally responding after many calls to Ford customer service center. She said air bags were checked by greenway Ford where I had collision repaired. This was not true and a lie. Service was not aware of possible non deployment of side airbags when front passenger seat was unoccupied. Service checked alignment only. Further pressing Ford to follow through with their initial directions to have air bags evaluated has resulted in Ford refusing to evaluate side air bag function relative to not deploying as a result of this violent side collision. I am reporting this to you because I have doubt whether the side air bags in my Ford Fiesta 2014 and a second Ford Fiesta 2014, ([xxx]), I purchased after the accident, may not have functional side air bag deployment with the right front seat unoccupied, a potential safety risk for occupants of the rear seat. If I can help with any additional information regarding my accident please do not hesitate to contact me at [xxx] or [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lyons, NY, USA

problem #2

May 042014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 3,842 miles
Driving on the highway at 65 mph car looses power you cant accelerate it hesitates and wants to shut off at times it does it wont go up hill and when approaching a stop light hesitates and shuts off you start it back up fine and it wont go transmission fails its automatic transmission does it once transmission warms up.

- Ponce, PR, USA

problem #1

Jun 012014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 4,400 miles
My daughter driving the vehicle, ran off road. Over corrected. Vehicle over turned end over end several times landing on side. She had to be removed through the windshield. Not one air bag deployed. She has a badly broken left arm requiring surgery to repair. She suffered multiple contusions and a concussion. The vehicle is a total loss.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

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