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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,053 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.

2002 Ford Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 052014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated and the seat belt warning light flashed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000. Updated 6/11/15

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 302014


  • 151,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the vehicle was not equipped with the proper seat belt in order to safely secure a child safety seat. The child seat manufacturer noted in the warning section of the owners manual that the child safety seat can not be secure utilizing the door mounted seat belts. The manufacturer advised the contact that the anchor to accommodate the latch system could be retro fitted in order to properly secure the child safety seat into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was not able to locate the parts that would allow the latch system to be retro fitted into the vehicle. The contact had not installed the child safety seat in the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was 151,500.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #6

Jan 152004


  • 12,000 miles
The seat belt retractor on the drivers side will not retract the belt more than a few inches. The remaining belt falls onto the door opening and gets pinched when the door is closed. This damages the belt.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012011


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the driver's side seatbelt would unlatch erroneously while driving and could not be properly latched after trying to secure it again. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 082011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Drivers seat belt releases on it's own while driving. Happens at least 5-6 times while driving. Can happen right after engaging or any time after engaging. Does not matter if driving on smooth or bumpy roads, it will pop off. It happens everytime I drive. Have almost been injured from having to stop fast and was not held in the seat because it came loose. Part is going to be replaced when I can get one.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #3

Apr 212005


  • miles
2002 Ford Ranger, seat belt come undone while driving. Every time I drive the car, it comes undone at leased 5 times a day while driving every day since I bought the vehicle. Went to Ford and they wouldn't even look at it. Just told me to buy a new one....which I couldn't afford, also the plastic handle on the tailgate breaks off every couple of years, and I have to replace it.

- Yucca, AZ, USA

problem #2

Oct 262007

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1 miles
Seat belt never stays connected ( pops out) all speeds. (5 yrs) I asked dealer about fixing he said my warranty expired buy a new one (Ford does not care about safety after warranty date) the airbag light will stay on for a week then off for a month then repeat ( 5 yrs) door ajar light has never turned off (maybe it will burn out so I don't see it anymore) tailgate latch replaced 3 times ( dang that cheap plastic) front end realigned numerous times (anti nascar, always turns right) engine shudders bad few times a year(bad gas maybe once, others probably not) coil pack replaced twice (im still under 60,000 miles) rear window leaks also :)

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 062003


  • 134,926 miles
Vehicle hit traffic light pole; improper driver air bag deployment; failure of occupant restraint system.

- Redlands, CA, USA

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