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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
26 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
27 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,031 miles

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2002 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Feb 112008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I was in a car accident, Monday Feb 11th at 7:15 am. My seatbelt was broken during the impact and my air bags did not deploy. My car is considered a "total loss", therefore I can not fix the damages to it. If my seatbelt broke due to the impact, then why didn't my air bags deploy?

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #28

Jun 302007

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
I was involved in an accident where my car hit the center divider, spun out of control, flipped over onto its hood, and slid down the freeway upside down before hitting the center divider on the driver side once again. My air bag did not deploy at all causing my head hit the steering wheel, the front windshield, and a few other places in the car.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #27

Sep 082006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was involved in two separate front end collisions and both times, the front driver side airbags did not deploy. On the first occasion, the vehicle was traveling 40 mph on normal road conditions, and 30 mph on the second incident. Both times the contact was wearing the seatbelt; there was no prior warning lights to indicate there was a problem with the airbag. The contact sustained moderate injuries and a police report was taken. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer after the first accident, who determined that the airbags needed to be repaired and performed the repair. After the second accident, the vehicle was taken to another dealer who could not duplicate the problem with the airbag. The vehicle was currently at the dealer for further examination. The contact encountered similar complaints on the NHTSA website.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #26

Nov 212005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Contact stated while stopping at a stop light the vehicle was rear ended. It was pushed into the guard rail. Upon impact, the front air bags or side air bags did not deploy. All of the occupants where wearing their seat belts. Injuries were sustained. Police report was taken.

- Lebanon , VA, USA

problem #25

Dec 152004

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While driving at 47 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision in which they T-boned another vehicle. Upon impact, none of the frontal air bags deployed. Vehicle was totaled. Both driver and passenger were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #24

Mar 012005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,910 miles
While traveling at 50 mph consumer's vehicle went into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Both drivers sustained injuries.

- Porter, TX, USA

problem #23

Jan 232005

Focus

  • miles

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

I had a front end collision hit a ditch hard. Air bags never deployed. Slick tires sharp curve and bad weather caused the accident.

- Tabor City, NC, USA

problem #22

Feb 142005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
On the morning of 14 February 2005 my son was involved in a head on crash in an intersection. Our 2002 Ford Focus was totaled (it has 37,000 miles on it, and I bought it brand new from a Ford lot.) the air bags did not go off! both my son and his passnger sustained neck and back injuries.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #21

Aug 252004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 37 mph, the consumer rear ended another motorist. The air bags failed to deploy. This caused the passenger to sustain minor injuries. The vehicle was taken to a garage for inspection.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #20

Aug 112004

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
During a 40 mph vehicle frontal collision front air bags did not deploy. The consumer sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was towed.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #19

Aug 262004

Focus 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles

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

When driving 40 mph, the consumer swerved to miss a dog on the road, causing the consumer to hit an object on the road. This caused damage to the vehicle. Upon impact, the front air bags did not deploy. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Allyn, WA, USA

problem #18

Aug 072003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Transmission went out 2 times in 1 year. Driver airbag shifted on its own. Rear passenger door does not unlock/open. Front ball joint cracked. Gas cover/door fell off. The smell of gas inside car at all times. Blinker would not turn off by itself. Key chime goes off when the key is out.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #17

Aug 032004

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While driving vehicle was involved in a front end crash, and the airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #16

Mar 222004

Focus

  • miles
While driving 35 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a rear end crash. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Consumer had the vehicle towed to dealer.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #15

Feb 052004

Focus

  • miles
While driving 15 mph in a parking lot the consumer lost control of the vehicle and hit a building head on. The consumer stated that neither of the frontal air bags deployed.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 212003

Focus

  • 20,000 miles
While driving at any speed vehicle hesitated and took a dip forward and down to the ground. Then, it accelerated as if nothing happened. Consumer's daughter experienced the same thing while driving and lost control of the vehicle which landed in a ditch. Consumer's daughter sustained back injuries. Consumer wore seat belts. However, air bags failed to deploy.

- Goodview, VA, USA

problem #13

Jan 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
While traveling at 25 mph vehicle was involved in a collision. The driver's air bag didn't deploy. The vehicle was declared demolished by the insurance adjuster.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #12

Sep 042003

Focus

  • miles
While driving about 70mph on highway and without prior warning another vehicle collided with consumer's vehicle, causing a collision. Driver swung around, hitting the guardrail. Upon impact, driver's side air bag didn't deploy.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 072002

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
I bought a 2002 Ford Focus for my 18 year old daughter, and last year the car wrecked into a wall on I75. None of the airbags opened, even though it was a head on collision. I was the opinion of the body shop that every sensor that there was to hit for the air bags was hit. I tried to contact Ford and they kept telling me how much they cared but would not return my call. I hired a lawyer, who said that Ford would tell him to talk to the dealership that we bought the car from, which was kerry Ford in tri county, and they would tell him that its Ford corporation that should deal with it. My daughters lawyer resigned from the case because he wanted us to put out the money for a professional to evaluate the car. Right now my insurance company is hold the car but wants me to let them release it from storage. I bought the car with my daughters safety in mind and feel let down, and lied to and pushed around by corporate Ford. If theres any way you could help it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Rick kaiser.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 142003

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my 19 year old daughter a new Focus because I felt new cars were safer and more reliable. Today, she was involved in an accident. She has had ongoing problems with the brakes making noise and not being responsive. On her way to have them looked at again, she made a left onto a major road and the traffic in front of her was at a dead stop. It was the rav 4 in front of her, not her brakes, that stopped her car dead. Thankfully, no one was hurt. To add insult to injury, the airbag I felt would protect her did not deploy. How many complaints have to be submitted before things get addressed by a manufacturer? to think I bought my only daughter a car with unreliable brakes and airbags that don't work. Unfortunately, like a lot of other consumers, we found this out the hard way.

- Maitland, FL, USA

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