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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
67 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
52 / 1
Average Mileage:
13,228 miles

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2001 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #63

Jun 162004

Focus

  • miles

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

While driving 50-55 mph consumer applied force to brakes to avoid a collision. Driver's side brakes locked up, causing vehicle to sway off the road into a ditch, and vehicle struck a tree head on. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy.

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

problem #62

Mar 042004

Focus

  • 31,000 miles
While driving 55 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy. No injuries reported.

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #61

Nov 142003

Focus

  • miles
While driving at 50 mph on the highway driver lost control of the vehicle, and crashed into a guard rail head on. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy.

- Northfield Center, OH, USA

problem #60

Dec 062003

Focus

  • miles

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

Airbags where improperly configured in the passenger side. The consumer rear ended another vehicle while attempting to come to a stop. The impact was not severe but the frontal air bags deployed. The air bag deployment also shattered the windshield.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #59

Dec 182003

Focus

  • 37,500 miles
While driving over ice at 25 mph the consumer was unable to stop the vehicle, consequently the vehicle rear ended another vehicle. The front air bags deployed, however the force of the passenger side air bag caused the windshield to shatter. Please provide any additional information.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #58

Sep 292003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in an accident in my 2001 Ford Focus. Both driver and passenger air bags deployed, the driver side airbag gave me second degree burns on the inside of my right wrist and hand.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #57

Sep 102003

(reported on)

Focus

  • 39,000 miles

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

The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and only the passenger side air bag deployed upon impact. The driver sustained severe head injuries.

- Jersey Shore, PA, USA

problem #56

Aug 312001

Focus Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer complained about air bag problems. Vehicle was involved in a front end collision, air bags deployed, and burned several different parts of consumer's face and arms. Manufacturer was not contacted at time of this call.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #55

Dec 112002

Focus

  • miles
Low speed impact. 2001 Ford Focus rear ended another vehicle. Frontal air bags deployed in the 2001 Ford Focus. An accident reconstruction was completed and it was concluded there was no physical evidence found that would show cause for the frontal air bags to deploy.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #54

Aug 122003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ford Focus sped up for no reason and then veered to left crossing left lane and went into ditch which had a culvert and the car then bounced into a cornfield. Airbags deployed for both driver and passenger. Driver had broken ribs and other bruises. Passenger had chest injuries from which he died couple hours later. The inspecting officer said witnesses insisted they did not see brake lights, and if there was anything wrong with the car the driver would have hit the brakes. Driver remembered the accident, and was awake and talking to passenger. She was hospitalized and had neurological tests and did not have a stroke.

- Concord, MI, USA

problem #53

Jul 222003

Focus

  • 38,000 miles

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

Consumer had a front collision and neither of the air bags deployed. Dealer notified. Vehicle's engine stalled causing steering and brake failure causing a collision into the side of a mountain. Air bag equipment failed to deploy on impact.

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #52

Jul 142003

Focus

  • miles
Consumer stated was involved in front collision and neither of the air bags deployed. Dealer notified.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #51

May 302003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,652 miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning. Another vehicle jumped in front of the consumer's vehicle, and caused the consumer to hit the vehicle. On two separate occasions, the consumer was unable to stop the vehicle.

- Linwood, MI, USA

problem #50

Jun 292003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,413 miles
The consumers vehicle rear ended another vehicle at 5 mph and both air bags deployed shattering the windshield. The police stated that the air bags should not have deployed because there was no damage to the front end of the vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #49

Apr 182003

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
The vehicle hit another vehicle at a very low speed and the air bags deployed.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 042003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
On Jan 4, 2003 while driving in the fog at a low speed of approximately 30 miles or a little less the airbags in my 2001 Ford Focus intermittently deployed causing the windshield to break and throwing us and the car up on a meridian. The airbags were emitting black smoke and the damage to the bottom of the car amount to $6188. Fortunately, we were not seriously hurt and there was no other vehicle involved.

- La Grange, CA, USA

problem #47

Dec 232002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I was driving through a parking lot as I wet over a speed bump both front airbags deployed. Shattering the front windshield. Driver got minor burns on left arm passenger was hit with glass from windshield.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #46

Nov 282002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Consumer states that when hit at 30mph in the front center of the vehicle, the air bags did not deploy resulting in minor injuries to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Tridad, CA, USA

problem #45

Aug 082002

Focus

  • miles
Consumer involved in a frontal collision at 10 mph. Both the driver and passenger air bags deployed. The passenger bag shattered the windshield causing glass to "fly" around vehicle causing injuries.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #44

Sep 232002

Focus

  • miles
Consumer states involved in a minor fender bender at 5-7mph. There was no front end damage to the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger air bags deployed. The driver's air bag sparked a flame on consumer's shirt resulting in second degree burns.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

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