really awful
Crashes / Fires:
34 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
25 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,775 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Dec 142009


  • 138,644 miles


I had just turned right. When I looked up I saw 4 head lights. The car that hit me was passing in a double yellow line section of the road marked for 45 mph. We had a head-on collision where my airbags did not deploy, his did.

- Elverta, CA, USA

problem #41

Sep 232009


  • miles
We were involved in an accident on 09/23/09 in my husband's 2001 Ford F150 pick up truck. We hit an individual who ran a stop sign. We hit him going approx 55 mph. The trucks airbags did not deploy. This is the first time we have been into an accident with this truck and our complaint is...when you buy a product, you expect the safety features to work. We have never received any type of recall on the airbags or airbag system. My husband truck is totaled. The impact destroyed the front of his truck. The emt's and fireman on scene said we were very lucky with the impact that we had sustained and no airbags deploying.

- Williamsburg, OH, USA

problem #40

Apr 292008


  • 96,346 miles
2001 Ford F-150 fleetside involved in a near head on collision. Airbags faild to deploy.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #39

May 222006

(reported on)


  • miles


2001 F150 airbags failed to deploy.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #38

Feb 202004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
: the contact stated both frontal airbags deployed, without an accident, while pulling slowly out of the driveway at 25mph. Shortly after the deployment the driver side airbag erupted in flames. The fire was extinguished by the driver with snow from outside the vehicle. Neither the police nor fire departments were contacted. No injuries were sustained. The insurance Agency determined the deployment was caused by a manufacturing defect. The manufacturer only referred the contact to the insurance company. The airbags were removed by the contact and vehicle is currently being used "as is."

- Park Rapids, MN, USA

problem #37

Sep 122005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,954 miles
Our vehicle was traveling on paved highway just South of waukomis, ok, at approx. 6:45am. A pickup pulling a stock trailer was traveling South and crossed over in front of our driver's vehicle, and to avoid a head-on collision with this vehicle, our driver took to the bar ditch and as a result hit a road sign post and also hit a 3" steel post that was set approx. 3 foot deep in concrete, the impact was dead center on the front end of our truck's bumper, and it totaled our vehicle. The airbags did not deploy on our vehicle. Our driver fortunately was not injured. My question is why did the airbags not deploy?

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #36

Apr 172005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,786 miles


After sustaining a front end collision, where I squarely impacted the rear end of slowly moving large 4 door car, neither driver or passenger air bags deployed. This impact occurred at approximately 40 mph, forcing the front grill back and the bumper down enough to impede the steering of the Ford F-150.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #35

Mar 142005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal collision when another vehicle veered into consumer's lane. Driver applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and crashed. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries, and went to the hospital on his own. Vehicle was towed to a body shop.

- Park Hills, MO, USA

problem #34

Apr 142004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My husband was driving our 2001 Ford F150 supercrew lariat on 4/14/04. He was struck from behind by a Dodge neon going approximately 70 mph. My husband was going 35 mph. The safety belt did not latch nor did the airbag deploy, resulting in my husbands being thrown forward and hitting his head at great force on the windshield. The force of the crash totalled my truck, cracking and bending the frame. Had either safety feature worked, my husband would not be injured today. Four weeks later he suffers from short term memory loss, extreme anger and mood swings and has soft tissue damage to his neck and vertebrae. I have contacted Ford and am waiting for a response. RQ04011.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #33

Apr 282004

(reported on)


  • miles
Air bags deployed while driving 30-35 mph.

- Grenada, MS, USA

problem #32

Feb 182004

(reported on)


  • miles


While stopping and without any indication consumer's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle traveling 45-50 mph. This caused consumer's vehicle to rear end vehicle in front. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #31

Jan 062003


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision while driving at 45 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Trenton, OH, USA

problem #30

Dec 022003

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags did not deploy. Motor mounts broke, and the frame was damaged.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #29

Oct 202003

(reported on)


  • 33,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph vehicle was involved in an accident. It was hit on the driver's side. Upon impact, neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed. Driver sustained injuries to nose and back.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #28

Sep 162003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,305 miles
While driving at 40 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision with a tree. Upon impact, both front air bags did not deploy. Dealer had been notified. Consumer accelerated around a corner and hit the tree head on.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #27

Jul 032003

F-150 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Consumer states that when hit in the front center of the vehicle, the air bag did not deploy. Dealer notified. The air bag(s) did not deploy at 50 mph. The Ford dealer stated they were unable to diagnose the problem due to the severed battery cables. The accident occurred when another vehicle pulled in front of the consumer. The primary impact was on the front middle to the passenger side. The vehicle was totaled.

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #26

Apr 242003


  • miles
While driving over 5/8 block of wood at 5mph, both frontal air bags deployed causes damage/injury to drivers chin and damage front windshield.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #25

Apr 052003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is a 2001 Ford F150 pickup involved in a head on into a tree due to bad road conditions, vehicle was going approximately. 15-20 mph when the vehicle hit a tree, and the air bags did not deploy, the driver plunged into windshield which shattered. This resulted in head injury, driver also suffered hip and knee damage which should take several months to heal. Vehicle suffered major damage to front end and frame windshield and dash board. Vehicle currently in body shop damage appraised at approximately.$8000 major complaint is obviously concerning air bags not deploying which I believed caused the extensive physical injuries. I intend to contact Ford Motor Company.

- Southampton, MA, USA

problem #24

Mar 252003

(reported on)


  • miles
The consumer loss control of the vehicle, hit 3 trees before coming to a stop. None of the air bags deployed. There was a recall 01 V 095 000, for the same problem. Consumer suffered injuries as a result.

- Harrisburg, IL, USA

problem #23

Jan 282003

F-150 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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