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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,500 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.

2003 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 222010


  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus wagon. While driving 55 mph the passenger side air bag suddenly deployed. There was no crash or road hazard that caused the deployment and none of the warning lights illuminated. The contact was able to drive to his residence without incident. The contact did not notify the dealer or manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 49,000.

- Silver Spring , MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On December 20, 2004 I was driving home from work in my Ford Focus zts. The roads were very icy, and near my home, I slid on a patch of ice, went over a small bank, and hit 2 trees in someone's yard. While I was sliding I was headed to hit one tree head on, but I was able to steer away to where I hit both trees at exactly the same time, but only from the side. However, neither my front nor side air bags deployed. The impact of the crash was enough to total my car, even though I was only going 25 M.P.H. it was brand new, only 20,000 miles. My mechanic said that the air bags should definitely have deployed.

- Princeton, WV, USA

problem #3

Apr 132005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The right side door air bag deployed inadvertently while driving. No injuries reported. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the problem could not be duplicated.

- Stockton, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 132005


  • miles
While my 2003 Ford Focus was being vacuum at the carwash, the side passenger airbag of my 2003 Ford Focus deployed. My car was parked and there was no impact. I had my car towed from the carwash to the dealership where I purchased my car. Their service department has not given me a solid reason as to why the airbag deployed. Their theories have ranged from damage to the undercarriage, the force of the vacuum at the carwash, to the possibility that I ran over a tire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
While driving at 65 mph consumer heard a loud bang after a tractor trailer passed on the left side. Vehicle began to fill with smoke, and the consumer felt a sharp pain in the shoulder. Driver's side air bag deployed. Consumer claimed that the vehicle never made contact with the tractor trailer.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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