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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,000 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.

2001 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 112006


  • miles


Front passenger seat belt failed to latch. Brought to garage and had to get it replaced... at a cost of over $190. Now, only about 2 months later, the rear passenger and middle seat belts are not latching at all. My children use these belts for their booster seats. It is extremely dangerous and a definite safety hazard. I am not wanting to have to pay another $400 or so to get these fixed as well.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Driver's seat belt broke and did not secure the consumer. Also, the air bags deployed, breaking the windshield after consumer's vehicle was rear ended.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 72 mph C onsumer lost consciousness and vehicle took a nose dive off the inner state, rolling over, and landing on another road up side down. Upon impact air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt failed to retract. Driver sustained 11 staples to the back of head, stitches and cuts to the left eye and left arm and other upper, and lower bodily injuries. The vehicle is totaled.

- Barnwell, SC, USA

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