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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,500 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.

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2005 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 042009

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving over 40 mph, the vehicle crashed head on into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained minor shoulder injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. After the repairs were performed, the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer repaired the vehicle again and the indicator was no longer illuminated. On a separate occasion, while driving less than 35 mph, a vehicle pulled out in front of the contact and the two vehicles T-boned with each other. Again, the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the head, neck, and middle to upper back area. She also had pain in her chest. She was transported to the hospital for further assistance. The dealer stated that the air bags should have deployed at the time of the crash. The failure and current mileages were less than 65,000. Updated 4/23/09 updated 04/27/09.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 252007


  • 32,000 miles
Passenger side air bag alert comes on at irregular intervals and then goes off again. The dealer says they cannot find any problem and simply resets the codes, but that is not solving the problem. I have reported this problem at least five times, but the air bag alert is still coming on intermittently. If that alert is "on" and an accident occurs, who is responsible?

- Earp, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
While driving at posted speed limit another vehicle turned in front of my vehicle, not being able to stop or avoid this collision I collided with this vehicle at a 90 degree angle, causing in excess of $8,000 worth of damage to just my vehicle. Both fornt air bags failed to deploy, but the seat belts did retract, causing neck and abdomen injuries to both of us in this vehicle.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 032007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles


2005 Ford Focus hit a 1985 Toyota pick-up that failed to stop at stop sign, this was a front impact crash for the Ford Focus at 35 mph, driverside airbag failed to deploy

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 272006

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30mph, the vehicle was involved in a crash and the front air bags did not deploy. The contact's vehicle hit another vehicle in the side. The front end of the contact's vehicle was destroyed in the accident. The contact suffered minor injuries along with whiplash. The police were at the scene and provided a written report. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and deemed it totaled. There was additional property damage to the other vehicle.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 182005


  • miles
Consumer 2005 Focus air bags failed during frontal collision. ***** the consumer stated he and his family were injured, but did not state how many.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
I was involved in a rear end collision near my home. The street was wet, and when I determined that I was not going to be able to stop, I applied full braking. My vehicle does have ABS, but my wheels fully locked. I rear ended a 1994 full size car at approximately 25 to 30 mph. My chief complaint is that the air bag did not deploy, and that the ABS braking was essentially non-effective. This accident was my fault, however, I did expect the safety equipment on my vehicle to work. The vehicle is currently being inspected for repair.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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