hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
136,429 miles

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2001 Ford F-250 seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #7

May 302016


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-250. While the vehicle was being operated, the front driver and passenger seat belts unlatched independently. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 135,000.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 242015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 300,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-250. While driving at various speeds, the front passenger side seat belt became detached. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle had already been through a recall and there was no defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 300,000....updated 01/07/16

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #5

May 242015


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-250. While driving at any speed, the seat belt would independently unlatch without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was confirmed that there was a malfunction with the seat belts. The technician refused to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was taken in to be inspected under NHTSA campaign number: 01V227001 (seat belts) but no failure was found. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 142012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


While shifting about in the driver's seat to back up and look rearward to guide the vehicle in reverse, the driver's seat belt unexpectedly came unbuckled and began to retract. I thought that I must have been at fault and not properly buckled it even though the normal warning lite and sounds indicating an unbuckled seat belt were not evident. Owners began to "tug" the belt after latching it each time to ensure proper closure and verify buckle engaged. The same events, usually encountered while shifting position in the driver's seat, happened repeatedly even though buckles initial engagement had been test verified by the driver each time. We were obviously concerned that in any accident, that belt might disengage and cause us increased harm as a result. We took to dealership and asked if any recalls or customer complaints had prompted the manufacturer to fix stated issue with safety equipment. Champion Ford (an autonation dealership) in houston on katy freeway stated no known issues or complaints. Being a master certified technician for over 20 years myself, I asked them to contact manufacturer on our behalf ask for assistance to prevent these issues, which was denied by Ford and no assistance provided. I theorized and inspected the mechanisms myself and requested they provide me, at our cost, the driver's side buckle mechanism that bolts to the floor on the inside edge of the driver's seat. I installed the component myself and have not had a single issue subsequent to that installation proving beyond a shadow the buckle mechanism is defective, both in not warning us and physically not engaging 100%. I waited this long to ensure the issue was resolved, and having moved our home, to again locate that replacement part which would be available to NHTSA at no cost, or Ford (at replacement value I paid) for inspection. Part number 1L7Z 7861203 aag.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 012012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driver side seat belt unlatches at random. I've seen complaints about this on this website, so I'm not the only one having this problem. Problem has been going on for a few years and I don't know the date or mileage when it started happening. The dealer just tried to sell me a new latch for around a hundred bucks. Seat belt latches don't just wear out that easy, my '73 mustang has latches that still work.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 262013

F-250 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving, the seatbelt clip will release from the catch, causing the belt to retract and become ineffective while in motion. This has happened several times, and under various driving conditions. I can find no reason for this to happen exterior of the installed equipment. My vehicle had the seatbelt retractor replaced after receiving a recall notice several years ago. This appears to not have anything to do with that recall.

- Des Moines, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 200,000 miles
Seat belt on driver side disconnects randomly. It has gone over 200 miles without disconnecting, but rarely further than that. Ford service department could find no problem and so did not fix anything. It disconnected about 10 miles after I left the dealer. I push in the left side male part and it clicks. I usually jiggle it and give it a tug, but that has had no effect on when or where it disconnects. There was a recall in 2001, but I have not been able to find out if the part was repaired/replaced at that time. I've used the same Ford service location since I bought the truck.

- Devine, , TX, USA

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