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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,323 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.

2007 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 242011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 45,311 miles


I was driving down a city street when my driver side airbag deployed for no reason. I did not go over a bump and was not hit by another vehicle to justify the airbag deploying. I immediately pulled over and got out of my car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Apr 142007

Focus 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Driving down dirt road ~45mph. Speed limit is 55mph. Said road has numerous potholes, none of large size that were observed to be catastrophic. Passenger seat airbag deployed with passenger in seat. Spoke with Ford complaint line, they deny this as a failure without investigating or inspecting, nor did they offer. Ford dealer who is repairing vehicle, was not able to provide me with the information of what set the airbag off as of yet (sensors?). Ford dealer claims pothole damage on vehicle.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 212011


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 30 mph the drivers side air bag deployed inadvertently. The contact stated that there was not a crash. The dealer was contacted and stated that the warranty did not cover the repairs and the contact would receive a return call. The contact had not received a call back. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 192011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 55,423 miles


While driving on a busy 3 lane expressway in the center lane at 60 miles per hour, the left curtain airbag deployed and I wasn'tinvolved in an accident. My arm felt like someone hit me with a baseball bat. But luckily I was able to maintain control and not cause a pile up. My wife was in the car with me and was very thankful that I was driving because she said she probably wouldn't have reacted the same way. She had just purchased this 2007 Ford Focus less then a week ago, with a clean car fax!!!! now I'm reading that this has happened to alot of people. I have been a fireman for nearly 25 years and I've seen what airbags can do to people when they work properly. And if its true that Ford is ignoring these claims, someone one with some federal pull should do something about this.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 072011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 46,185 miles
Side airbag on 2007 Ford Focus deployed spontaneously while vehicle was being driven at highway speeds on an interstate route. According to a local Ford dealership, " rcm received crash data, " though there was no impact.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #8

May 302010


  • 98,000 miles
Driving on highway, 2007 Ford Focus side air bag deployed for no reason.

- Lino Lakes, MN, USA

problem #7

Aug 102009


  • 24,000 miles


I was driving down the interstate through an interchange around a curve, when I hit what I thought was a pothole. The next thing I knew, the car filled with smoke and my shoulder felt as if I had been slugged by someone. After coming to my senses, I realized my side airbag in my seat had deployed as I drove down the interstate. I have never had an airbag deploy, and had no idea what had happened. My driver's seat in my Ford Focus 2007 is now ripped down the side where the airbag deployed and no Ford dealership will replace the seat. According to the "blackbox" that records what happens in a vehicle, the technician explained, my vehicle had a 360 degree spinout that created enough force for my airbag to deploy, and that my insurance company would have to fork up the cost of replacing my seat. I have been battling this for about 2 years now!!!!!!

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 292009


  • 37,400 miles
My daughter was driving our 2007 Ford Focus. She was on a smooth road, when the driver side airbag opened for no reason. It hit her on the side of the head, causing her to have hearing loss for 2 minutes as well as a headache. It also caused her to swerve the car slightly, but she had total control. I took the car to magic city Ford in roanoke, va, they ran some tests and contacted the Ford Corp. Between the two of them, it was decided that my daughter was a fault, and that she had to have hit something. I inspected the car myself on sat, and there is no damage to the car. Ford just wants to sweep this under the carpet, along with magic city Ford.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 062009


  • 36,000 miles
Passenger side impact air bag deployed after hitting a pot hole in the road doing about 25 mph.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 172007


  • miles
2007 Ford Focus.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 102008


  • 9,990 miles


2007 Ford Focus bought new July 2007 also bough full warrant and gap insurance in Feb 2008 driving 65 down the interstate the air bag deployed with now reason. 4 boys in the car. Ford said take it to your insurance company. They also would not look at the cd player one month before this so the insurance comp. Sent it to there repair shop they took extensive pictures to show no body damage or impact to cause this, they replaced the seat and the passenger side light would not go of so it indicated that there was a person in the seat so, the insurance company told Ford to fix it because the company fixing it had already changed all the sensors and the light would not go off. We had to pay $500 deductible and the insurance paid $1658 we do not know if our insurance will go up because Ford has not excepted responsibility yet and it has been 6 months and I have written to the federal trade comm. The news ect.. I do not want my child driving this car and I want my money back (plus some) and the computer reads a collision so we have lost alot of value I am just mad and I have heard alot of stories about Ford air bags and nothing is done I am only a speck to them they will probably drop the case and that will be that atleast nobody was killed yet maybe that is why they sell gap insurance. Thanks julie mohr.

- Smithville, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 232008


  • 12,000 miles
I was in an auto accident and my side airbags did not deploy. Can you explain why? I owned a 2007 Ford Focus.

- Eatonville, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 887 miles
2007 Ford Focus driver side air bag deployed while I was drving in grocery store parking lot with seat belt on. No collision, no vechicle body damage, some damage to me. Insurance adjuster can find no reason for deployment, be careful. I had no even made my first car payment.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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