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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,308 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.

2003 Ford Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 222009


  • 60,000 miles


2003 Ford Ranger passenger air bag did not deploy until 2 or 3 sec. After the accident truck hit tree about 40 mph drivers air bag went off passengers did not go off passenger broke back rear bed of truck came into truck leaving a arrow shape peace of steal approx 4" long inside of truck cab ware a 4 to 5 foot tall person would have it perched into head because of being belted into seat.

- Jackson , MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 042007

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,800 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Ranger in which the air bag warning light was malfunctioning. At different times it would come on, stay on for a long time, weeks, then would go off again. I took it to the dealer who found a service bulletin that directed them to clean wires, wrap wires and re-route wires under the seat. It had to do with the safety belt retentioner. I do not know if this was actually a safety issue or not. No one would tell me how many Ford Ranger had this problem, if this would cause any failure in the seat belt or the air bag. Even though I felt this was a failure of the air bag and safety belt system was charged for this repair. (I was still under Ford's 50000 safety system warranty.) I am concerned about the cost, but I am also concerned that the pretentioner was not replaced and whether this will occur again.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #4

Jun 022005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Contact was in a front end collision, and driver's side and passenger's side air bags did not deploy. Ford manufacturer stated the vehicle needed to be tested to see why the airbag did not deploy.

- New Boston, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 122004


  • 20,050 miles


Consumer put vehicle in reverse because vehicle was stuck in a rut. Upon putting the vehicle back into drive position air bag deployed. Took vehicle to the Ford, and they refused to do repairs.

- Saint Regis Falls, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 202004


  • 7,000 miles
While pulling out of the driveway at low speeds front air bags inadvertently deployed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Elcho, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 222003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 50 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision, and hit a tree. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Raleigh, MS, USA

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