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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
35,103 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 #11

Feb 052016

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Ranger. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V036000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 06/14/16 updated 06/29/16.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #10

Feb 022016

Ranger

  • 78,000 miles
Tacata recall airbag light is flashing the stays on.not sure what is causing it but it could be serious if the bags do not work when needed. It came on about 1 month ago. Starts as soon as you start truck. Other light that just started flashing today over drive light started flashing but has now stopped.this is a 03 Ford Ranger

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 092016

Ranger

  • miles
My uncle was driving 60 mph when he swerved & loss control of his Ford Ranger. He crossed over the oncoming traffic lane going off the road hitting a sign, then hit an embankment, then flipped over several times. The airbags did not deploy & my uncle died as a result.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 132011

Ranger

  • 122,000 miles

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

Hit a car on the freeway at approximately 50-55 mph. Front end and left front tire damaged, hood tented, tripped failsafe in fuel line, but neither driver nor passenger airbag deployed.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 072008

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that his air bags were not functioning correctly because the air bag light constantly remained illuminated. The failure was noticed while driving 30 mph. He has scheduled an appointment with the dealer for April 14, 2008 to have the vehicle diagnosed. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were approximately 48,000.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 042007

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,384 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Ranger. While driving 35 mph, the gravel road caused the vehicle to swerve to the right and then quickly to the left. The contact drove into an embankment and rolled over numerous times. The vehicle landed on its roof. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The driver sustained lacerations to the scalp, right side of the face, and bruising to the left shoulder. The passenger sustained lacerations to the scalp, a fracture of the T-2 vertebrae, a hernia to the abdomen, and bleeding between the scalp and skull. The passenger's left eye was filled with blood, resulting in a black eye. The police arrived at the scene and filed a report. Ford Motor Company stated that they were performing an inquiry. The failure and current mileages were 79,384. Updated 03-05-08

- Craig, CO, USA

problem #5

Apr 032005

Ranger 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was traveling on the road at about 65 mph when driver swerved to the right to avoid debris. This caused the driver to lose control, and vehicle flipped over four times. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 202004

Ranger

  • 15,240 miles
The air bag warning light remained illuminated while driving. The dealer replaced the pre-tensioner and retractor circuit.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 212004

(reported on)

Ranger

  • 18,264 miles
While driving air bag light illuminated and stayed on the remainder of the time that vehicle was being operated. The dealership tried to repair vehicle twice, but same problem recurred.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 212004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,240 miles
The air bag light continuously illuminated on the dashboard. As a result, air bags were inoperative, and wouldn't deploy when needed. Dealership inspected and fixed the air bags three times. However, the problem recurred twice.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
I was envolved in a vehicle accident on 3/9/04 and the air bag did not deploy. The median wall was hit head on at approximately 45 to 50 mph.

- Monroe, MI, USA

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