really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,807 miles

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2014 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

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2014 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 112016


  • 41,080 miles


In June 6/2016, my was was going 35mph, approaching an intersection when the wrench light followed by the "terrain management fault" warning came on. The vehicle lost all power. Traffic coming from her right received the green light and she was nearly killed by a driver who drove through the light, timing it for when it turned green. The vehicle spent 14.5 days at the palm bay Ford dealership in palm bay Florida were it was purchased new. Ford diagnosed the problem as a defective throttle body. I went online and saw the number of these throttle body failures and contacted the Ford customer service hotline. I explained to them I felt the vehicle was unsafe, that I had no confidence in the vehicle, and that if there had been no design change to the throttle body it would happen again. I was given a case number (which has now been closed), and notes of my concerns were made on the case. On 10/11/2016 I at 1530 edt, I was pulling out of a gas station turning right, with traffic approaching from my left. The wrench light came on followed by the "terrain management system fault" alert. The vehicle lost all power (throttle response) and the approaching traffic had to lock up their brakes to avoid a broadside collision!. I had my wife, 10yr old daughter and 12yr old son in the vehicle with me. Had a collision occurred my son would have been seriously injured. The vehicle went back to the palm bay Ford service department 10/12/2016 at 0900 edt. The throttle body had failed again as predicted, the vehicle is still there. I have contacted the Ford customer service hotline and received two case numbers now. 1: cas-10814941-Q8T7Z5, 2: cas-10830198. I tried to get Ford to take the car back and trade in on a new one as this is an "unsafe"vehicle. They will not help us and this throttle body issue is an epidemic! I am sure there has been lose of life from these "unsafe" vehicles?

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 042015


  • 18,500 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. As the contact applied force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle, the vehicle suddenly jerked to the side. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear end of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the lower control arm in the front of the vehicle had fractured. The contact sustained minor bruises and the rear passenger sustained minor neck bruises that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the control arm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,500.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 042014


  • 21,649 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Explorer. The contacted stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The approximate failure mileage was 21,649.

- San Franciso, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142014

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
While approaching an intersection from the South, a car crossed the intersection in front of us, traveling East. I applied the brakes but not in time to avoid hitting the car broadside. Front airbags deployed as did the side air bags on the driver side. The airbag under the dash on the passenger side deployed also. My wife, who was seated in the front passenger seat, suffered a very serious cut on her lower leg, just a few inches above the ankle. It is oriented primarily circumferential for at least 180 degrees around the top and sides of her leg. The wound cut to the bone and required multiple layers of stitches to repair. Her doctor says the blistering around the cut appears to be consistent with a burn. There was no car fire, so we think that the cut and burn were likely from the air bag. There was no visible damage to the car in the passenger leg area. No glass was broken.

- Katy, TX, USA

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