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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,393 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.

2001 Ford Windstar seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 102015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 116,967 miles


During inspection inspecter 38573 reported a diagnostic fault as airbag control module. After failed inspection. I looked for part with the avail. Current part on vehicle is 1F2A-14B321-ee. I cannot find a part number matching. I took it to a second mechanic to verify if he infact was right. And I looked at the diagnostic and the airbag did not show up however what did show up after airbag light came on after a full memory clear was code B234 which points to driver safety belt buckle switch short circuit to ground. Or in lames terms safety belt buckle switch. This should never in a cars life ever happen. If this happened before a accident this could cause death to the consumer. Im the second owner of this vehicle I believe so im not sure if there's a recall for this particular issue as I do know there's one similar. My reinspection is due within 6 days. I feel I shouldn't have to pay for a repair for a part on something that should never need to replaced. Especially when lives are at stake.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 152009


  • 71,000 miles
Failure of speedometer, odometer, A/C compressor switch and blown fuse (#10 in fuse panel, 15 amp). Failure of front passenger seat belt to remain engaged when holding a occupant.

- Cleveland Hts, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 062009


  • 103,000 miles
Outrageous, I have been researching the possible problem of an ABS/brake light, that keeps coming on in my 2001 Ford wind star LX van. Statement is 1999- 2003 Ford Windstar vans could have this and the problems that could occur. My oh my.. I have 3 children that ride in that van daily, I'm a low income parent. Why would one take this chance with humans. I bought the van in March of 2009. 2 days later ABS/ brake light came on. At the time I was told that I have an Eagle warranty..that might I add not even the Ford dealer ship would except. I don't take chances where my children are involved.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302008


  • 141,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the seatbelt would not latch on the driver's side. A mechanic inspected the seat belt and stated that the latch components were defective. The manufacturer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 01V227001 (seat belts:front:buckle assembly). The current and failure mileages were approximately 141,000.

- Winter Springs , FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 242004

(reported on)


  • miles
The handle started to crack at the bottom where it hooked onto the seat on both sides. The consumer contacted the manufacturer and was told nothing could be done because the child seat was older than 3 months. The consumer also noticed the side notches where the seat belts go when not in use showed signs of stress.( model #3161356O1)

- Bedford, IA, USA

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