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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,286 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 172003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

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

Front passenger seat belt comes undone. This is an intermittent problem with the seat belt that we have been having and notified our Ford dealer (winner Ford, cherry hill, NJ) about on our 25000 service. The service rep tested the seat belt latch with a tester and found no problems. I was told they would not replace the seat belt latch because Ford would charge them for the part. He said they would check it again if we had any more problems. We continue to have problems with the belt latch coming undone while driving. There is no amount of tugging that will cause it to fail, the problem is intermittent. Winner Ford has not sent out our service sheet with the seat belt problem reported on it. It has been since 4/17/2003, and then again servicing on 4/24/2003 and no paperwork from the dealer with the problem reported by me and no remedy for this potentially dangerous safety problem. RQ04011.

- Clementon, NJ, USA

problem #6

Apr 042003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
An electrical connector seal had to be installed, the seat buckles and rear wiper motor cover were replaced, the ABS failed, and right before the engine shut down all the lights on the dash board illuminated, after the vehicle was repaired the intake manifold, speed sensor and brake sensor failed. RQ04011.

- Cape Charles, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 092003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was in a car accident. After I slammed on the brakes, the seat belt popped off. I hit the steering wheel. The passenger air bag deployed but the driver's side air bag did not deploy. Although the car was drivable, the seat belt remained locked and unusable after the accident. RQ04011.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 082002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles

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

While in motion, vehicle suffered a blowout. The consumer is seeking reimbursement for charges incurred for the blown tire. The consumer found that the seat belt buckle inoperative. (recall#01V227001) the tire had less than one thousand miles when the incident occurred. RQ04011.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 012002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver rear bench seat belt buckle would not latch properly. Dealer was not notified at this time.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012001

Windstar

  • miles
Upon impact both seat belts did not lock, and air bags did not deploy for the driver or the passenger.

- Dinuba, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022001

Windstar

  • miles
Ford belt buckle inspection is probably flawed. The passenger side buckles in both my 2001 Windstar and 2001 F-250 intermittently latch in the "slightly depressed" position as described in the recall paperwork. RQ04011.

- Redding, CA, USA

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