really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 1
Average Mileage:
85,859 miles

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2003 Ford Expedition seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Jan 102006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,096 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the air bag indicator light was defective for a second time in a two-year period. The light remained illuminated at all times and was noticed while driving 5 mph. The air bags were replaced in February of 2006, but the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the failure was not under warranty and that the contact would have to pay for the repair. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 87,035 and failure mileage was 27,096.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 292007

Expedition 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
I was in a mva on June 29, 2007. I hit several trees and went down a large embankment. Neither air bag deployed. I had severe frontal damage and driver damage. The vehicle was totaled. The vehicle was a 2003 Ford Expedition XLT.

- Barnsdall, OK, USA

problem #6

Dec 202005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
: the contact stated the airbag warning light intermittently illuminated. The first time the airbag light illuminated was while driving, the vehicle lost power, and the engine locked, and would not start. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer. The dealer replaced an unknown fuse. Although the vehicle did not suffer another loss of power as stated before the airbag warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was returned to the dealer, who replaced the airbag warning light as well as the frontal airbags. The dealer suggested there was no danger and the vehicle was safe to drive, however the airbag warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle is currently at the dealership where the dealer plans to replace the wiring harness.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302005


  • miles


I own a 2000 Ford Expedition and in 2003 and now I have had the airbag light on because the airbag harness is defective on the passengers side. The cost is $390 to repair and $70 to do a diagnostic test each time.

- Williamburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 302003

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The air bag check light remained on. The owner's manual informed the owner that the air bag may not operate in an accident. Manufacturer was informed by the consumer.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 172004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed to operate at 30 mph, causing a front end collision. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Consumer will notify manufacturer.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 202004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Involved in a traffic accident, struck from the rear and front. Air bag did not deploy, and drivers seat back broke/twisted.

- Terrell, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 112003


  • 8,000 miles
While towing a 30 foot trailer and driving at 60 mph consumer heard a loud popping sound. A few seconds later the trailer started to sway and consumer lost control. Vehicle and trailer flipped over several times. Consumer's children were treated at a hospital for minor bruises. Consumer's wife sustained chest and back injuries. Consumer sustained a bruised ankle/elbow/ back, and neck problems. None of the air bags deployed during this incident.

- Revere, MA, USA

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