really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,940 miles

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2003 Ford Escape seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jan 302007

(reported on)


  • miles


Customer wants to know if air bags for 2003 Ford Escape have been recalled. * the air bag light blinks on then off. Consumer not sure what this indicates.

- 9999, DC, USA

problem #6

Nov 102006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
We recently hit a deer going in between 45 50 miles per hour. And the air bags never went off. I was wondering why they didn't there is several thousands dollars in damage.

- Askov , MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 082006

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has been to the Ford dealership 5 times because the air bag light will illuminate and stay on. When the air bag light is on, the air bags will not deploy. The problem has been a faulty connector to the front air bags (3 times), the side airbags (1 time) and the seat belt sensor (1 time). The last incident was after the warranty expired and it was a struggle getting Ford to pay for the repair. Lesson learned: Document everything and contact a lawyer before the warranty expires.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


The air bag light is on 98% of the time. I took it to a Ford dealer and they said that this is a Ford problem, that Ford is working on it and that there is nothing that can be done to correct the problem. They stated that the air bags will not function when the air bag light is on. On a rare occasion the light will go out.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 272006

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,800 miles
Air bag light would sporadically come on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The problem was found in the front seat belt buckles, the sensors and wires that help deploy the air bags were defective. N case of an accident the air bags would have not deployed. The dealer repaired all the seat belt buckles.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 032004

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,855 miles
The air bag light illuminated which indicated that the air bags were disengaged. This is the second time the vehicle has been taken to the dealer in one week.. fifth time total. The dealer said they will fix it by fixing a broken wire or resetting the computer. Manufacturer said they will try to fix it.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Escape 6-cyl

  • 50,269 miles
Ltr to Ford concerning a safety defect re defective wiring of the side airbags in 2003 Ford Escape. The consumer received the recall notice for the faulty air bag wiring. An appointment was made at the dealer to have the vehicle repaired. When the repairs were made the dealer refused to cover the cost of replacing the faulty wiring because the vehicle was 200 miles over the 50000 mile warranty. The consumer explained that the vehicle went over the mileage while waiting for the recalled part to arrive.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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