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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,450 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 202003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


It had been raining and it was slushy out, my truck got pulled by slush and I hit a guard rail almost head on and bounced off of it and wound up right on the edge of the inside lane of the highway once the truck was stopped my airbags went off, I then had an asthma attack from the powder that came out of the air bags. How ironic that the passenger side air bag was shut off yet it still went off. Also when my truck went in the shop to be fixed I found out that both seatbelt pre-tensioners had to be replaced since both of them had broke yet I was the only one in the truck. This truck was fixed by a Ford dealer. I would like to know why the seat belt pre-tensioner on the passenger side broke and I would like to know why the air bag went off when it was shut off. I have pictures of the accident and the damage that was done. I asked the Ford dealer why the air bag on the passenger side had went off and why the seat belt pre-tensioner had broke and all they could tell me is they did not know. I do not agree with that answer and I would like this to be investigated. I had to pay double of what it would have cost me to replace one air bag and one seat belt pre-tensioner.

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 022005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,900 miles
The contact stated that someone was driving this vehicle and had an accident. The seat belt on the driver's side did not hold the contact back, and hit the steering wheel. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy until after driver hit steering wheel. He said the fuel safety cut off switch did not work because he could start the vehicle without hitting the circuit breaker. The contact was going about 35 mph, slid into a car at a green light. Dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted yet. The contact was injured. The police came and a report was taken. Vehicle was totaled. Updated 11/29/2005 - the seat belt did not properly restrain the consumer resulting in multiple breast contusions. The air bag deployed after the consumer's head had already hit the steering wheel.

- Davie, FL, USA

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