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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
39,526 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 Thunderbird seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012011

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • 92,578 miles


Had the vehicle tuned-up. After a few driven miles the airbag light came on and stays lit. The problem "driver side air bag high resistance" causes "a poor connection where the clockspring connect into the main wiring harness." Cost to replace/repair $681. This is a defect safety product. Ford refused to pay stating, "there is no extended coverage or recalls for this issue." There are not "sufficient consumer complaints" regarding this problem. This is a defective product dealing with a safety issue with Ford refusing to acknowledge as their responsibility.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132004

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
When the consumer applied the brakes abruptly the vehicle kept going and hit the vehicle in front of him. The air bag did not deploy.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 252002


  • miles
Vehicle drifted off the road and hit an object and neither air bag deployed. Driver died from chest injuries.

- Souls, CA, USA

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