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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,188 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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2001 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #12

May 122011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 90,251 miles

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

I was driving my 2001 Ford Focus and for no reason the passenger seat side air bag went off. The loud noise scared me and I almost wreck the vehicle. My ears are still ringing from the loud blast from the air bag went off. I checked and found there are some pending law suites for this same occurrence in other 2001 Ford Focus. I feel the Ford Motor Co. Needs to look into this problem before someone get seriously hurt or killed.

- Ohio, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 302005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Slow speed accident. Accident resulted in no damage to vechicle hit and no damage to our vehicle. Passenger and driver side airbags deployed. Pasenger side air bag broke windshield and sent fragments of glass from the visor mirror throughout the car.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 032005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Driver side airbag deployed at low speed,2001 Ford Focus.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #9

Jul 072002

Focus

  • miles

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

Attempting to enter freeway at approx 50 mph, the front right felt like it was starting to skid. The next thing I know, the airbags had deployed, with the passenger air bag cover shattering the windshield. No sheet metal damage to car. The front right ball joint had separated, the control arm broke, causing the tire to go flat at a 45 degree angle to the path of travel, tore up the wheel and broke the rotor. The only thing holding the front wheel to the car was the strut tower. Police came out but no report done. Ford will not honor warranty even though car has less than 19000 miles on it. This is wrong as front suspension collapsed, and airbags should not have deployed as car skidded/slid to a stop.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #8

May 282002

(reported on)

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bags deployed with minor frontal impact while coming to a stop. Passenger's side air bag cover flipped up and shattered entire winshield. Only damage to other vehicle was license plate falling off.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #7

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 #6

May 022002

Focus

  • miles

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

Airbag deployed at less than 20mph. Neck injury.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #5

May 012002

Focus

  • miles
While traveling at 60 mph on interstate passenger' side airbag deployed without warning. There was no bumps or sudden stop that could have caused airbag to deploy.

- Knottsville, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 202002

Focus

  • miles
I was broadsided by a bus moving about 30 mph on my driver side and the side airbag did not deploy. When I notified Ford they said I should bring the car to a dealership to have the sensors checked at my expense.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 012001

Focus

  • miles
Passenger's side airbag sticks out of dash. Consumer feels slightest bump/ or sudden stop may cause airbag to deploy. Please provide any furthr information.

- Foot Hill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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 #1

Apr 262001

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a side collision. Upon impact, passenger's side airbag did not deploy.

- Memphis, TN, USA

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