really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,760 miles

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 032006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Have a Ford Expedition. The 2nd row, middle seat will not stay in a locked upright position. Notified Ford, as this is a serious safety infraction. Any child or adult could be seriously harmed in the event of an accident, as the seat would collapse forward. Ford claims the part which controls the latching of the seat into an upright position (known as a seat handle release) is trim and therefore uncovered by warranty. This is not an issue of fixing a door handle or a cracked piece of plastic, but to correct a safety concern that could cause damage in the event of an accident. Repeated phone calls to Ford has yielded no results and while the Ford employees I spoke with concur that the issue is a safety concern, they are unwilling to re-categorize the part or allow the part to be covered under warranty.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 242003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Four year child showed positive signs of suffocation after being crushed by the folding third row seat in the Ford Expedition. The seat had been in for repairs before because it would fold without the use of the switch. (this complaint was sent in by the fire captain on behalf of the customer lowell sabisage.)

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 242003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am a fire captain with the city of vallejo. My company treated a patient that was crushed between the electric folding 3rd row seat of a 2003 Ford Expedition eb. The child was 4 years old and showed positive signs of near suffocation. The seat was checked after patient treatment and it would not stop folding when we attempted to stop it using our hand to push against it's force. The owner of the vehicle (lowell sabisage of 176 coloma way, vallejo California 94589) stated that the seat had been in for repair in the past because it would fold up without the switch being pushed. According to others on scene, the seat again folded up without the button being pushed. My concern is that other children are at risk of similar injuries. Lucky for this child an adult came out to check on her and found her being crushed by the seat. Please follow up with this incident. The vehicle VIN # is [xxx]. vallejo police made a report of the above incident. There report number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 172003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,800 miles
The third row seats are power seats. The seats should have no movement if an obstruction occurred, but failed to do so, and the child's leg became caught in the seat. The consumers twin sons climbed over the seat into the back. One child was next to the 3rd row seat with his leg and knee next to the window and the other child pushed the power seat button when the other child's leg had became stuck. (the owners manual stated that the seats would stop within 1-10 seconds of an obstruction)

- Ellensburg, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 232002


  • miles
Consumer states that the rear seat moves back and forward, stating that the seat is not on tracks properly. Causing a child to almost flip out of the seat when exiting the vehical.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

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