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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,167 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.

2005 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 142015


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. As a result, the air bags deployed, but the driver side seat belt failed to retract and lock. The contact sustained shoulder injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- Vandergrift, PA, USA

problem #5

May 152015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving at 20 mph, the seat belt un-latched independently without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the seat belt was worn out and the latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000. MA 08/11/15

- Markleeville, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 142012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The seat belt receptacle on the front passenger bucket seat has failed. The belt cannot be restrained. Reported to Ford @ elder Ford, 777 john R road, troy, mi 48083. Service director [xxx] would not replace the defective component because it was "out of warranty". reported incident to Ford customer service 800-3923673. Case # [xxx]. supervisor "[xxx]" reiterated that safety defect would not be covered vehicle out-of-warranty. This citizen's opinion is all safety defects should be taken seriously and at minimum corrective action should be taken at no cost to the consumer. I cringe at the thought that there are other seat belts that are defective and someone may get hurt. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 312011


  • miles


The diver side front seat belt gets stuck. When I go to undo my seat belt. I have to pull hard to get it to come loose. That could be a danger if I am ever in an accident and cant get loose out of my seat belt.

- Alabama, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 042011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving at approximately 15 mph, the driver seat belt un-latched independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the driver side seat belt and advised that is was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 80,000. Updated 03/29/11 updated 1/5/12

- Brookfield , IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 222009


  • 47,000 miles
My parents were involved in a motor vehicle accident on 10/22/09, they were traveling 57 miles per hour, hit a lady that pulled out in front of them, their airbags never went off, a direct front end hit on their car (2005 Ford Focus) and also the seatbelts broke.

- Melfa, VA, USA

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