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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 3 of 5)

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problem #43

Aug 292002

Focus

  • miles

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

Both airbags deployed in my Ford Focus when my vehicle (at rest) collided with a truck that was traveling at approximately 25 mph. I sustained second degree burns to both arms and face from the air bags.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #42

Jun 202002

Focus

  • miles
A uhaul truck smashed into the back of my car, sandwiching my Focus with the car in front of me. The crash was so strong my car is a total loss. However, none of the airbags deployed. I've contacted my dealership and Ford Motor Company but they did not give me any attention.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #41

Aug 312002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down parkway 70 mph driver swerved to miss an animal on road. Then, lost control, leaving the road into a ditch, and striking tree against passenger's side. Driver's air bag deployed, and heat burned driver on wris, T melting a bracelet to arm.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #40

Oct 212001

Focus

  • miles

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

In a frontal collision air bags deployed. Driver's hands, all the way to elbow, caught on fire, resulting in second degreen burns.

- Crestline, OH, USA

problem #39

Aug 152002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While turning into a parking lot, front passenger side tire hit curve and driver and passenger's side airbags deployed. Consumer suffered second degee burns on hands and arms. Consumer felt airbags should not have deployed..

- Stockholm, NJ, USA

problem #38

Apr 272002

Focus

  • miles
Driver sustained second degree burns on arm from air bag deployment in a frontal collision of 40 mph. Dealer and manufacturer were not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #37

Jul 262002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Front crash at unknown speed, neither airbag deployed. No injuries, damage to vehicle unknown at this time. Please provide additional information.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #36

Jul 082002

Focus

  • miles
This was a rental car. The air bag deployed in a prox 5 mph impact. I received 2nd degree burns to the back of my left hand.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #35

Feb 252002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While at a complete stop was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy, resulting in major body injuries.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #34

Jul 262002

(reported on)

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer was in an automobile accident. Upon impact the passengers seatbelt did not lock, allowing passenger to move forward hitting the windshield, face first. The air bag deployed after the initial impact of the accident. Resulting in facial swellling of the passenger and 3 loose teeth. Consumers air bag opened later also, but the seat belt locked and consumer only suffered a badly burned thumb.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #33

Jul 272002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle bumped into a garbage can at 2-3 mph causing minimal damage to bumper. Both airbags did not deploy.

- Independance, MO, USA

problem #32

Mar 122002

Focus

  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a collision. Dealer advised consumer that air bags should not have deployed because vehicle was hit at less than a 30 degree angle.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #31

Jun 282002

Focus

  • miles
The car has completely shutdown without any warning on three occasions. The first time while driving at approx. 25+mph... the car started to stall and I hit the curb (right tire/wheel hit the curb), both airbags went off (why"??") and burned my arm (really bad) and broke the windshield. I did not report the problem because I found out that geico (insurance company) had lost (or not received) my online application so I had no coverage and therefore I would have to pay for all the repairs myself. New windshield, airbag, wheel... cost $3000+ I'm still paying for the repairs. The second time it happened when I stopped on red light (I just thoght I was running out of gas...), then; yesterday 06/28/02 I was driving home on hwy 192 at approx. 45mph and the engine lost all power (no warning), I got scared and hit the brakes and pulled over almost causing an accident in the intersection. It's been raining here in fl almost everyday, I am glad the road was not wet when it happened... it could've been much worse. My car is a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with only 7500 miles, so it's not an old car. After some quick research I found out this problem has been happening for a while now... and many of my focaljet.com (online Ford Focus club) friends had the same problem. So, I have to respectfully ask you and everyone else reading this; when will you (and/or Ford) do something about it? I've just found out that I am paying ($3000+, and I only make min. Wage) for and small accident that could have been avoided... sorry, I am really upset, I almost caused a high-speed/multiple-car accident in the middle of hwy 192 and I as well as other people could have been hurt. Please help ! ! !

- Celebration, FL, USA

problem #30

Oct 092001

Focus

  • miles
While driving, vehicle was involved in a single car front-end collision. The driver side air bag deployed as expected, however something in the process caught the sleeve of driver's jacket on fire. Driver received severe burns. There was an area the size of the hole in the jacket where the material had melted to the air bag. Consumer believes that the propellant used to deploy the air bag caused the fire. Consumer was advised that the air bags can deploy at temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. However no success in contacting manufacturer concerning the problem.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #29

Aug 102001

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a minor fender bender. Upon impact, air bags deployed and broke windsheild/ bruned driver's hand, and melted his jacket.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #28

May 262002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bags deployed without vehicle being in an accident. Driver sustained burns to his body. Consumer was applying the brakes to avoid hitting another vehicle when the airbags deployed and burnt his left hand.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #27

Apr 262002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a minor collision in which driver and passenger's air bags deployed, and passenger sustained major injuries. Dealer has been notified. Consumer also stated the seat belts did not perform properly.

- Annieston, AL, USA

problem #26

Jul 152001

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 5mph a frontal collision occurred. Upon impact, both air bags voilently deployed causing major injuries to driver, there was minor damage to the vehicle. Vehicle stalled due to fuel system failure. Fuel pump has been replaced.

- Belle Ville, IL, USA

problem #25

Mar 232002

Focus

  • miles
While driving at 20 mph two front air bags deployed, and then passenger's side air bag bursted and burned passenger. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Lynco, WV, USA

problem #24

May 022002

Focus

  • miles
While driving at 45 mph consumer was involved in a frontal collision, and none of front air bags deployed. Cause unknown.

- Kevnesville, NC, USA

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