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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 2
Average Mileage:
40,295 miles

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2012 Ford F-150 seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Dec 302015


  • 35,000 miles


Airbag passenger light stays on switch selector inoperable. Ignition switch does not operate properly intermittent no start.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #23

Jun 252019


  • 39,000 miles
Parasitic battery drain burned and corrsion damage from water leaks into the electrical system. This affected passenger air bag deployment and seat restraint. Vehicle was stationary, battery died, new battery placed in vehicle and dead next day. Ford motor unresponsive and without transportation for one month!

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #22

Jul 152016


  • miles
Airbags did not deploy even after an accident involving front of truck. Frame of truck had to be re-aligned but aibags didn't deploy. Airbag light has been on/off since I purchased this vehicle and it does not stay on constantly

- Everett, MA, USA

problem #21

Jan 162018


  • 41,068 miles


Took the vehicle to the Ford dealership where I bought the vehicle new. The airbag light on the dash was coming on intermittently while driving and sometimes staying on for days. The vehicle was tested and "found that fault code present B0091 93 left side restraint". the wiring was tested and advised that the vehicle needed the "side air bag sensor" replaced. I was advised that if I did not have this sensor replaced that they could not say that the rest of the vehicle's airbag system would work if I was involved in a collision. At the time of this repair the vehicle was just 5 years old and had 41,068 miles on it. I do not believe that a vehicle that is just 5 years old, only has 41K miles, no collisions or any damage should be needing safety related airbag sensors replaced. Total cost for this repair was $515.21.

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #20

Aug 222016


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag sensor illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 12V198000 (air bags) as a possible solution; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Liberty Hill, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 132017


  • 103,000 miles
My truck does two things, both with the transmission. 1rst this is random and happens at any unsuspecting time and at all speeds. The truck goes into limp mode (killing all power) starts to clunk in and out of gears to the point it locked up the tires once going 55 mph for a second as this is happening my mph needle goes to 0, also the wrench light comes on. The other problem is random as well. The truck displays the airbag light while driving along, the transmission will get stuck in third and won┐T shift, some times it gets stuck in first and never make it up to 6th gear it will eventually shift through the gears as this is happening the miles, avg fuel display goes to all blanks. Both very unsafe and very scary, as I don┐T know when it will happen. I will not put my daughter in the vehicle until I feel it's save to do so.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #18

Dec 192017


  • 96,000 miles


Airbag light came on for no reason and will not go off. Have tried everything to get the light off. Was not driving the car anywhere. I had just started the car and noticed that the light did not turn off.

- Knifley, KY, USA

problem #17

Sep 092017


  • miles
The visual (orange or yellow) seat belt symbol light comes on intermittently. Sometimes remains on. Seal belts always used and there has been no accident or repair. This is a continuous issue for months.

- Saint James City, FL, USA

problem #16

Oct 242017


  • 57,000 miles
Someone stopped short in front of me. I applied the brakes but could not avoid hitting car. The brake indicator on front control display said my brakes are ok. Once I crashed the seat belt engaged but I still hit the steering wheel with my chest. The airbags did not deploy! there was some heavy smoke though around the seat belt area or from perhaps the electrical connections under the seat?

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 042016


  • 30,150 miles
I was involved in a traffic accident June 4, 2016 in which a car attempted to make a left turn in front of me at an intersection and the result was a moderate collision. Due to the collision my vehicle lost all power (engine and electrical) and the air bags failed to deploy.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #14

May 112016


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owned a 2012 Ford F-150. While at a complete stop, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. As a result, the contact's vehicle was pushed under an eighteen wheeler. The frontal air bags did not deploy. The vehicle that crashed into the contact continued to drive, sideswiped another vehicle, and crashed into a pole. The police and fire department were called and a police report was filed. The contact had to be transported to the hospital by helicopter with a shattered jaw, a neck bone injury, cuts and bruises under the chin and inside the cheek, and inflamed lungs and kidney. The front passenger sustained fatal injuries. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot and was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Apr 202016


  • 54,000 miles
Steering wheel clock spring, which controls all steering wheel electronics and airbag is faulty. Replacement clock spring required. I noticed this issue while driving and using my radio controls on the steering wheel. Upon pushing a button like volume up for instance, the radio station would change. The buttons were doing the improper functions. I brought it into Ford and they stated that the clock spring is faulty and needs to be replaced since it controls the airbag, which may be affected by the faulty unit.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #12

Oct 012015


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact veered to the right to avoid crashing into the vehicle in front and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained unknown medical injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #11

Nov 042015


  • 69,800 miles
After traveling about 35 minutes, I parked my truck for about an hour. After returning to my vehicle and pulling away, my truck would barely accelerate. I gave it more gas and a large wrench warning light appeared on my dash and soon disappeared. Once it was gone, my speedometer didn't function, the mileage was gone and the air bag disconnect warning light was illuminated. I decided to drive it to my dealership 10 miles away so they could attempt to register a code on their computer as I've had issues with this truck bucking/surging while traveling at highways speeds for 8 months. This is the first time a warning light had illuminated for a problem. In addition to the above issues, I noticed that the signals were not turn off automatically and had to be deactivated manually during turns. After the technician took technical information my vehicle was turned off and on and everything returned to normal. As I mentioned there have been multiple issues with my vehicle and they are getting worse and worse. I see no recalls from Ford on this ecoboost engine.

- Champlin, MN, USA

problem #10

Sep 042015


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. While reversing at approximately 5 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V198000 (air bags). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 26,000.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #9

Mar 102015

F-150 6-cyl

  • 42,351 miles
One day I turned on my 2012 Ford F-150 XLT. I went to go open my gate to my front lawn then noticed my airbag light on. I turned off my truck and turned it back on then the light stayed off. I continue to run my errand then when I got back home I noticed that once I unbuckled my seat belt and left the truck running to open my gate. The light came back on again. There is no error message on the light meaning " the light doesn't not blink on start" I have contacted Ford about the issue but they claim there is not a recall notice. I checked the date of manufacture on my door panel and it says 11/11. I have seen that they are recalling vehicles from 11/06 to 11/15. How is my vehicle not on their list.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 282015

F-150 6-cyl

  • 12,150 miles
The passenger airbag off light comes on with a passenger in the seat. I have been to the dealer twice about the problem. The service rep. Has seen the airbag light off light on with my wife sitting the passenger seat. The dealer service dept. Checked the "system" and said it checked out !! there is nothing more we can do. I consider this unacceptable and a major safety issue. Can Ford or the dealer be held responsible if the bag fails to deploy and someone is hurt or killed. Why is this not a recall item?

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 192015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle crashed into the driver side of a second vehicle causing significant damage to the front end. During the incident, the air bags failed to deploy. The driver suffered neck, back and leg injuries and the passenger suffered contusions and trauma to the chest area which required medical attention. The contact mentioned that the driver of the second vehicle died during the crash. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000...updated 03-16-15 updated 03/26/15 updated 04/02/15 updated 7/29/15 updated 9/19/2017

- Oakland Township, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 272010


  • 47,000 miles
My son was going to work and forgot his phone came back to get it something ran in front of the truck and he hit an oak tree in our front yard knocked him cold, ,air bag did not deploy, I opened the door no response, ,,shuck him he came to so I took him to the hospital head injuries and bruised rib, S, the body shop said to call Ford Motor Comp, to come check the air bag, S why they did not go off that refused, called them again they said to bad, now my son is not the same, and Ford Motor Comp does not care said they would do nothing, he might not have hit his head if the airbag had deployed, what can I do?[xxx]thank you and have a blessed day [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 012014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The passenger air bag off light illuminates with a passenger in the seat. My wife weighs just under 100 lbs. And when she sits in the seat, with her butt all the way back and centered in the seat the light illuminates. As we travel the light sometimes goes off then a short while later it comes back on again. The dealer service dept. Tested the restraint control module and didn't find any codes. They road tested 2 miles with a passenger and declared the system is working as designed. The dealer service advisor witnessed the air bag off light illuminated. Their final word was, "we've done everything we can". in my view this is a safety issue.

- Parker, CO, USA

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