really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,178 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #19

Feb 032014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 23,500 miles


I was driving on a major state route on my way to work and turned on the rear defroster. I smelled something hot and then a loud popping noise. When I looked in my rear view mirror the rear window had shattered. Contacted Ford dealer and they said the vehicle was out of warranty 3 months and there was nothing they could do. I asked the dealership to contact Ford to see if there were similar instances of this happening. They did not but gave me the phone number for the Ford complaint office. I researched online and it seems that this has happened multiple times with this model of truck. Because the highway I drive is a major truck route it could have been very dangerous not being able to see out the rear window.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 292014


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the rear passenger's side window became shattered. The contact took the vehicle to an auto glass specialist where it was advised that the entire rear window needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 32,000.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jan 232014


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph over train tracks, the rear window shattered. The contact took the vehicle to a auto glass shop to have the rear window replaced. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 242014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


I started my truck in the driveway to warm it up. When it reached operating temperature, I turned on the rear window defroster before pulling out. Still in the driveway, after 20 seconds I heard an extremely loud 100+ db pop, which was the passenger-side back glass panel shattering. The temperature outside was 32 deg F (0 deg C) with some frozen precipitation on the upper surface of the truck. There are 27 complaints on the NHTSA site for the 2010 F150 and I found more than 50 additional cases on internet bulletin boards.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 152014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
While driving home from work on 1/15/14, I decided to use my rear window defrost due to the temperature (42 degrees) and the build up of condensation. I turned it on for about 10 minutes until the glass was clear. It took me approximately 30 minutes to drive home where I parked my truck inside my garage. I left about 1 hour later and while looking in my rear view mirror I noticed the sliding window shattered on the passenger side. After returning home I contacted safelite and scheduled to have it replaced through my insurance company. When the repairman came out he realized he had the wrong replacement and was going to order it through Ford. He also advised me the window damage started at the connection point of the defrost. After further investigation on-line I realized I am not the only one with this problem. There are many F-150 owners that had the same thing happen to them with some being the glass actually exploded and some with arcing or fire. Most of the issues were on 2010 F-150's with some newer models as well and all were on the passenger side slider window. Most of the cases I read about on-line were paid out by the vehicle owners and insurance agencies. There were some cases were Ford paid the bill. I feel this should definitely be looked into on the safety aspect alone and Ford should be held accountable.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #14

Dec 232013


  • 59,000 miles
Started the car in the morning. Turned on the rear defroster. Began to shovel the driveway and heard a loud pop from the truck. Didn't notice anything until I got in to back up and saw the rear passenger window gad shattered. Ford dealer was very familiar with the "window" problem, as they described it. Said that because the vehicle was past 50,000 miles that it was no longer under warranty. I rarely use the rear defroster. The dealer said I should take it to the local glass specialist to have it replaced. They never mentioned that it may be an electrical problem. It seems to me that a known repetitive problem should be paid for by Ford. If it is an electrical problem, I may be replacing my window more than once.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #13

Nov 112013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 32,342 miles


I was leaving from work. I put my rear defroster on my rear sliding window. I heard a loud pop. I looked at the rear window when I arrived home. The passenger side rear sliding window was spider cracked all over. I can't believe there is no recall on this yet. Its pretty sad when you buy a fully loaded truck that costs over fifty grand, but you cant use the rear defrost because they malfunction. It's pretty obvious this is a problem...just do a search on the internet.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #12

Nov 032013


  • 37,000 miles
The rear factory tinted power sliding window shattered on the passenger side approximately 2 minutes after turning on the defroster.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #11

Oct 162013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 23,800 miles
It was frosty out and I turned on the rear defrost. A few blocks down the road, I heard a pop and my back window broke. I have the electronic sliding rear window.

- Skagway, AK, USA

problem #10

Oct 192013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Turned on rear defroster of power sliding rear window, right side passenger section cracked into pieces. No there was no hair line crack no impact to this window. Looked at the lower heat strip in the bottom left side of this panel and sure enough there are burn marks. Now the back defroster does not work at all. Did Ford stand behind their product. Absolutely not !! this is my 2nd Ford truck and as soon as I get rid of this one we will being going GM. Thank goodness this is shatter proof glass and was not blown out because my daughter was in her car seat right under this.

- Diamond, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 182013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


I got in the truck this morning and left the house, turned on rear defroster, and about 3 minutes later I heard a loud "pop"! I stopped and looked around but didn't find any since it was still dark out but once the sun came out I saw my rear passenger window, right above my daughter's child seat was shattered. Luckily she was not in there. I have spoke with dealership and they have denied any knowledge of this happening, but a simple search here and on the Ford forums show plenty of consumers having this problem. This should be a recall!

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #8

Sep 272013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I turned on my rear window defrost, I after a few minutes I heard a sizzling and the passenger side rear window had shattered.

- Woods Cross, UT, USA

problem #7

Mar 282013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph with the rear defroster activated, he noticed smoke coming from the rear passenger's side window. After coming to a stop and inspecting the vehicle, he noticed there was a small hole burned through the window. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the power window would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #6

Apr 152013


  • 72,350 miles
I had my truck parked outside during a heavy snowfall day at work. I went out and started it to let it warm up and turned on the rear defrost. When I got in to leave I noticed my passenger side rear window was shattered. I had no idea what had happened, not in an area where vandalism is possible. After reading the online posts about others with this problem I realized this is exactly what happened.

- Red Cliff, CO, USA

problem #5

Mar 292013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 17,600 miles
2010 Ford F-150. Outside temperature approximately 28 degrees. Started vehicle and turned on rear window defroster. Drove about 1 mile and was waiting alone stopped at a light. Heard very loud bang noise consistent to a crash or muffled small caliber bullet being fired. Stepped out of my vehicle to confirm I was alone on road and wasn't in an accident. (I was completely alone at 6am with no other cars in site). I noticed the right (passenger) side rear window had spider webbed and completed shattered. Rear window is 3 panes, right middle, left. Right side window that shattered was extremely hot to the touch compared to middle and left (driver) side. Contacting Ford as I believe this to be a manufactures defect as it has happened to many 2010 F150S with tri rear windows.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 252013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 38,300 miles
Right panel (passenger side) rear window shattered. Window is tinted (factory) with power slider and rear defroster. 03/25/2013 electrical burning smell but could not determine the cause (rear defroster in use). 03/26/2013 truck was parked and not running, went to get in truck and discovered right panel rear window was shattered, but still in the frame.

- Wiley Ford, WV, USA

problem #3

Feb 122013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
I was driving home on the highway. I had the rear defrost running as it was cold overnight and the windows had frosted over. As I was driving, I heard a loud pop and saw that the rear passenger side window had been shattered in a spider web pattern. I got home and was finally able to inspect the windshield. I observed the "spider web" effect starting in the lower left hand corner of the glass. There was a fluid seeping out from the bottom of the glass at the point of origin. The glass also has a discoloration as if it had been heated. I was able to search online and find numerous other people with the same problem. I also found several accounts where the pop had caused a fire and melted portions of the window and its framing.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 252013


  • 51,500 miles
Last week I started my morning commute @ 5am. 5 minutes after departure - I heard the equivalent of a 22 caliber gun being fired in the cab of my 2010 Ford F150 platinum. Alarmed by the sound I swerved into the adjacent lane, thankfully there were not many other drivers on the road. I exited the vehicle and began a visual inspection, immediately, I saw my passenger rear window shattered and smoldering in the lower left corner. After a closer look, this appeared to be where the defrosting mechanism was located in the glass. There was a metal substance being leaked in between the cab and the bed of the truck. I hope this was not lead or Mercury, in my curiosity I touched and then thought about the old thermometers in grade school.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 212012


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rear window defroster was engaged when the contact heard a loud, abnormal noise. She then noticed that the rear window was fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repair. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 18,000.

- Gainsville , VA, USA

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