really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,333 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 262003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


While driving 25 mph, in inclement weather the vehicle skidded. The driver lost control of the vehicle and hitting a ditch, lost control and was overturned. Both frontal air bags deployed. However, the passenger seat belt failed to restrain consumer. This caused the passenger to eject out of the passenger door window tied the seat belt around the passenger's right arm and attaching her to the truck. Two passengers and the driver sustained major injuries and were transported to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The cause has not been determined at this time.

- Anna, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 272003

(reported on)


  • miles
When driving for approximately 1/2 hour shoulder/lap belts would tighten up and applied pressure to the chest area. Driver removed the shoulder belt to relieve chest pressure.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 202003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Has been into the dealership on numerous occassions, since December 2002. A new seat belt was ordered "twice". the second one ordered was due to the technician not being comfortable with it. January 20, 2003 while driving at 65 mph, had to come to a panic stop, seat belt on driver's side did not lock. A Ford Motor Co. Engineer now states that the seat belt is working as designed. If a seat belt does not lock during a panic stop from such a high rate of speed, why do we have seat belts? on January 31, 03 coming home from the engineer inspection, we were not comfortable with the inspection. All we were told is that the seat belt is performing as designed. We, at 45 mph, depressed the brakes as like we were doing a panic stop, neither driver's side nor passenger side seat belt locked. Will still test the issue. Some times the belt will lock, sometimes not. We are concerned and feel we have had information regarding the seat belts and our safety concealled from us. Very hard to work with the dealership.

- Acton, CA, USA

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