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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 4 of 5)

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problem #23

Apr 252002

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I got into an accident at approx 20 mph and the air bags deployed, the passenger side air bag shattered the windshield and the driver side air bag burst a flame and smoke, burned my blouse and bra, and burned me with second to third degree burns.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 122002

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Upon impact airbags deployed, and I (the driver) received second-degree burns to my abdomen.

- Suquamish, WA, USA

problem #21

Apr 072002

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My 16 year-old daughter was involved in what should have been a minor accident. Both airbags deployed. Driver's side airbag deployed at such a speed it caught her sleeves on fire. Once her sleeves were on fire she panicked thinking her hair was going to catch fire, which caused her to lose control of the car and end up in someone's yard. The passenger side airbag did not deploy towards the passenger seat, instead it deployed towards the windshield causing the windshield to shatter. The car has been totalled by the insurance company. Being that this car is targeted towards teens and young adults, something needs to be addressed about the airbags and at the rate of speed in which they deploy. This is what caused the car to be totalled, otherwise she would have been able to be in control to save the car and herself from 2nd and 3rd degree burns that she suffered on her arms.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #20

Mar 302002

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Impacted another vehicle at about 10mph. Struck vehicle had no damage - not a scratch. My vehicle -- crack in the front plastic bumper was the only damage to the exterior. Airbags deployed and caused the rest of the damage -- to my car and to me.

- Wheeling, IL, USA

problem #19

Nov 012001

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As I was exiting the expressway both air bags deployed. I had no sensation of hitting anything and both the local police and the state police found no evidence as such. I returned to expressway to get the car repaired and the engine died. The car was towed to the kalamazoo mi. Ford dealership, where they determined I hit something. I think that I would have felt it if I had hit anything big enough to ruin the engine and fire the air bags. The vehicle was deemed not worth repairing and scrapped. That is why I don't have all the data you asked for. You may get the accident report by calling 616-668-3661. Ask for report #143601, or calling ge capital at the number on your form. I hope this will be of some use to you and I would like to know if others have had the same type of incident. I work for xerox and we lease a lot of these. Thanks, jim nickless.

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #18

Mar 102002

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I was in a 20 mile per hour accident and the airbag deployedand burned my arm. I received second degree burns to my left arm and will have pemanent tissue damage to it. I was never in any danger that the air bag needed to go off, and was the only injured person in this accident. I would not have been hurt at all if the airbag had not gone off. My hands were in the 10 and 2 position and it seems that the ventilation tubes on the back airbag release the 300 degree chemicles right on to your hand.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 112002

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PE 02 020 air bag burn injuries /vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and both air bags deployed. Chemicals from the air bag burned driver's hands and melted through driver's jacket. Dealer has been notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Youngsville, NY, USA

problem #16

Mar 152002

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While driving 5 mph both airbags deployed, no injuries. Damage to vehicle was $ 4100.00.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 042002

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While driving 25 mph vehicle jolted to the right and front rear tire deflated. Both airbags deployed without warning, and windshield shattered. Dealer contacted.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 012001

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While traveling on highway another vehicle veered into consumer's vehicle and dual airbag didn't go off. Also, tire tread separated, and there was wear and tear inside of wheel.

- Vaughn, MT, USA

problem #13

Mar 082002

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While driving 25 mph hit an electrical pole and airbags did not deploy. Frontal impact. Driver and passenger injured. Dealer contacted.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #12

Dec 112001

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  • Automatic transmission
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While driving 5 mph, tires brushed up against curb and both airbags deployed. Driver suffered third degree burns on left arm, and passenger suffered injuries the on face, vehicle was a enterprise rental.

- Percy, IL, USA

problem #11

Jan 232002

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Consumer was involved in an accident, and the air bags failed to deploy.. consumer also stated the the vehicle was hit from the side and the side air bags did not deploy.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 222001

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Daughter was driving to work and crossed railroad tracks at approx 35 miles per hour. After crossing tracks (bump) suspect both air bags deployed without any front end contact. She lost control of vehicle due to air bag deployment and hit a telephone poll on driver side door area. Poll fell and high tension wire fell to ground and caused fire. Emergeny services called and she was taken to a hospital and treated for multible injuries.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 162002

(reported on)

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While driving 45mph, another vehicle cut in front. This caused Focus to rearend other vehicle. Upon rear ending other vehicle air bags failed to deploy. Had contacted dealership and manufacturer.

- Yale, OK, USA

problem #8

Jan 112002

(reported on)

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While driving 15-20 mph had minor collision, air bags deployed, causing major damage to dashboard panel and windshield.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 242001

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Consumer hit another vehicle head-on. Upon impact, neither airbag deployed. Vehicle was totalled.

- Clifton, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 262001

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While stopping at a red light consumer's vehicle was struck by another car on front/right fender while traveling approximately 25 to 30 mph. This impact caused both frontal air bags to deploy, and driver's clothing caught on fire, resulting in first degree burns. No determination has been made as to cause of air bags deploying in a non-frontal crash situation.

- Crestline, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 152001

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While entering highway consumer's vehicle was hit by another vehicle. Consumer was knocked unconscious, and did not remember what happened right before being hit. Consumer was thrown two hundred feet. Upon impact, airbags didn't deploy. Drivier's side door did not stay locked.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 252001

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An accident occurred at 25mph and passenger airbag deployed and shattered the windshield.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

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