hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,857 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 202016


  • 71,500 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 45 mph, the rear passenger side glass shattered without warning. In addition, the rear defroster was not operating correctly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 71,500.

- Madiason, AL, USA

problem #6

Jan 282015


  • 35,000 miles
A week or two before the incident I noticed that the light on the rear defrost button no longer turned on when the rear defrost button was pressed. I wasn't sure if the rear defrost was working or not. On the morning of the incident it was cool outside and the windows were frosty. I pressed the rear defrost button after starting the truck and it once again did not light up. I started driving to work with my two kids in the back seat. After driving a couple miles I heard a loud noise as if something had hit the truck. I looked in all the mirrors to find what had hit the truck and noticed that the passenger side of the rear window had shattered. It hadn't fallen out of the frame, but was spider-webbed throughout. When I took the truck to the dealer the service manager said he had seen 5 other 2010-2011 F-150's just this winter with the exact same issue. This should be considered a safety issue. From other complaints that I've read the window does sometimes shatter out of the frame and into the cab of the truck. If it had done so in this instance it would have fallen in the face of my 11-month old son sitting directly under it.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 052015


  • 68,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rear window defogger overheated and caused the wires and rear seat rubber frame to burn. The contact noticed smoke coming from the rear door and once opened, causing the rear window to shatter. The fire department was called but a report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the rear window defogger system needed to be replaced. No repairs were made to the vehicle and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,700.

- Pensacola , FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 032014


  • 59,300 miles


I was driving into work had put my defroster on for the back window about 15 minutes later it sounded like something hit the roof I got to work looked at the roof then noticed my back right rear passenger window was shattered it's a electric sliding window and my infants car seat is placed right in front of that window that shattered I have seen numerous complaints my brother in law has same truck and same happened to him I called Ford and they are totally unwilling to help in anyway if I replace this window the same can happen and glass can hit my son cause injuries.

- Newfoundland, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 262014


  • 31,000 miles
Rear defroster would not work. 5 minutes later it came on for just a second and all of a sudden there was a loud bang and the window on the right side of the rear next to the slider shattered. After doing more research, I discovered that is has happened before on the 2011 Ford but there hasn't been any recall. This is dangerous. Thank you

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #2

Mar 312014


  • 41,000 miles
The passenger (ps) section of the rear window shattered without warning & without any external damage to the window. There was a slight frost on the windows & the vehicle was started and the rear window defroster button was depressed and would not activate. As the vehicle was driven at 25 miles per hour an loud pop noise was heard. The vehicle pulled off to the side of the road & it was noticed that the ps section of the rear window was completely shattered. The Ford dealership the vehicle was purchased from was contact to see if there were any bulletins for this issue. The dealership advised that there was no bulletins for this issue however, they have seen this issue multiple times & directed me to call the Ford Motor Company customer service line to file a complaint. The dealership also mentioned that the rear window that needed to be replaced was on back order & that additional repair locations should be contacted to replace the glass if immediate repair was needed. Two additional repair locations were contacted, both of them had the rear glass on back order. A call was placed to the Ford Motor Company customer service line with this compliant, direction was given that Ford Motor Company was not do anything for this issue & that the incident should be reported to the insurance company for repair. The incident was reported to the insurance company & the deductible was paid to have the rear window replaced. The insurance company repair location also was aware & replaced several rear windows for this vehicle due to unexpected shattering with no external impact, some of the repairs were repeat repairs. The location also advised that the probable reason for the shattering was due to the heater element in the glass over heating overtime causing window failure & that it was possible the failure was going to happen again.

- New Baltimore , MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 202014


  • 77,500 miles
The contact own a 2011 Ford F 150. The contact stated when he turned on his rear window defogger, the passenger side of the rear window shattered. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,500.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

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