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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,900 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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2002 Ford Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 062003

Ranger

  • 134,926 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle hit traffic light pole; improper driver air bag deployment; failure of occupant restraint system.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 212004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Ford Ranger airbags did not deployed upon impact. The consumers son fell asleep at the wheel and hit a telephone pole.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jun 212004

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Consumer fell asleep at the wheel and struck a telephone pole at 40 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

problem #13

Nov 282003

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at 30-mph, the passenger's side air bag deployed. Fifteen minutes prior to air bag deployment, the air bag light indicator flashed then it stayed on. The consumer stated the brakes failed to stop the vehicle, minutes later the driver side air bag deployed and the vehicle hit a wall.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #12

May 142003

Ranger

  • miles
While driving between 40-45 mph consumer's vehicle broad sided another vehicle. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. The driver blacked out, and sustained severe bodily injuries. Vehicle was totaled.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 142003

(reported on)

Ranger

  • 33,000 miles
Vehicle was in a frontal collision while driving at 30/35 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver and passenger sustained injuries.

- Toccoa, GA, USA

problem #10

Sep 082003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,973 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 40 mph the consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact both front air bags did not deploy. The consumer contacted the dealership.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 272003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles
My son was involved in a single vehicle accident when he drove into a sandy ditch while avoiding another vehicle. He hit a sand hill head on, at approx 25 mph. The Ranger/edge was totalled, no one was injured, but the air bags never depolyed. The body shop looked at the vehicle and determined there are no air bag sensors, or air bag harnesses for the sendors located in the front portion of the truck. The shop called Ford and requested a diagram of where the sensors and wiring should be. Using the Ford diagram it is obvious there were no sensors or wiring. I am wondering how many other Ford Ranger / edges are out there with no sensors at the front bumper. Contacted ken grody Ford and talked with the service manager who did not appear concerned. He directed me to the Ford complaint department.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 282003

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Both air bags deployed without impact causing injuries. Please provide any additional information.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #7

Oct 262002

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 498 miles
Vehicle was involved in a head on collision and neither air bag deployed.

- Ventura, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 192002

Ranger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states was involved in a head-on collision at approx 25mph. Both driver and passenger air bags did not deploy.

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 032002

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle was involved in a frontal and a rollover collision of 40-45 mph and neither air bag deployed. Dealer and the manufacturer will be notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 052002

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer states that while traveling at 35 mph, consumer lost control of vehicle. Vehicle rolled over airbags did not deploy.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 112002

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In a frontal collision at 40-50 mph, none of the air bags deployed on impact, resulting in injuries.

- Asburn, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 182002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
While driving at 45 mph hit a sheet of ice accident occurred, air bags did not deploy, resulting in injuries.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282002

Ranger

  • miles
While driving between 40 and 45 mph vehicle hit a patch of black ice, and driver lost directional control of truck. Front end crashed into a wall and spun around. Upon impact, both frontal air bags failed to deploy. Two occupants of vehicle sustained back injuries. Vehicle has not been examined to determine cause for failure of air bags. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

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