really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,402 miles

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2005 Ford Five Hundred seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Ford Five Hundred Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 292016

Five Hundred

  • 91,201 miles


While driving airbag light came on several times and then made 1 bong. Ford dealer said I have a bad control module and part is not covered. If this is a safety item should it be covered" should this module be recalled"

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012015

Five Hundred

  • 55,200 miles
The vehicle was in a front end collision with the front driver side primarily damaged. The vehicle was traveling down a city street at roughly 35 to 40 mph uphill. The vehicle rear ended a stationary vehicle that was attempting to turn. The airbag sensor was located on the vehicle and was hit, however, the airbags did not deploy. Causing damage to the driver in the accident. They clearly should have deployed by the appearance of the sensor.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 072015

Five Hundred

  • 82,700 miles
Leaving a grocer at 13:15 on 9/7/2015 started to back out of parking spot when auto suddenly accelerated backward, across the aisle and slammed into parked vehicle with impact sending that auto into a 3rd. Damages to both vehicles. When I went to pull into my original slot to deal with situation, as soon as I removed foot from brake, auto lunged forward at high rate of speed, jumped a 6" landscape curb and plowed into the front end of a Cadillac srx causing major damage to that vehicle, still unk total damage to mine. It was a very hot day and the ac was running. No other vehicles were occupied other than mine, and I was sole occupant. My airbag did not deploy and passenger's was not turned on. I did receive a significant bruise on my sternum from the shoulder component of my seat belt. My foot was not on the accelerator for either "lunge". crashes were witnessed and peoria AZ police did respond with 2 units. Officers did take information, but when I inquired about incident # for my records officer responded that there would be no report and no citations as it occurred on private property. My insurance carrier was contacted from site, but being a holiday, I was not able to speak with adjuster at that time. Knowing that it was not my actions that caused this incident, I checked the next day and discovered that this identical situation had been under investigation with NHTSA at the time I purchased the car on or about 11/16/12 at which a service program to retify was in effect. With my incident though, major damage occurred. Neither at the time of purchase, nor throughout the investigation & tenure of my ownership (current) was I notified of the known safety problem nor it's program to mitigate. Attached aerial photo shows back to back dimension to first impact and back to front dimension of 2nd. I was parked in position of white vehicle.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • 33,850 miles


Instrument cluster intermittently went dark and/or gauges went to zero/off positions, we pulled over to see if exterior lights worked and all did, as well as blinkers and flashers, but we noted that reverse lights were now on. It has recurred a few times, its most noticeable after dark as dash lights go black. Only light on dash was the airbag light. I went online & found info on a technical service bulletin "tsb 06-17-9 09/04/06 - intermittent instrument cluster", it does not appear to be a recall item so assuming any repairs are entirely owner cost ?

- Northbridge, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 222009

Five Hundred

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. While driving down-hill at speeds less than 50 mph in snowy and icy conditions the vehicle slid into an embankment head-on. Next the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and caused the rear bumper to become submerged in a ditch. Neither the frontal driver's or passenger's side airbags deployed. She suffered injuries to her back and chest. The police arrived on the scene and a police report was filed. No repairs were made to date. The current and failure mileages were 104,000.

- Denver, IN, USA

problem #3

Sep 122008

Five Hundred

  • 74,500 miles
Started driving my 2005 Ford Five hundred sel front wheel drive as I normally do, except the instrument cluster and lights started flickering, my A/C turned off and check engine light came on. After stopping on the side of the road everything returned to normal. About 40 minutes later a similar situation occurred, only this time just the instrument panel failed. My cruise control still worked but my tach, speed, battery and power gauge all dropped to zero, however the lights remained on. I am writing today because I saw online that other owners of the same make and model are having identical problems. This is a major safety issue and could cause an accident, especially if the lights cut off at random. I'm surprised there hasn't been a recall issued or an accident yet as a result of this.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 212008

Five Hundred

  • 34,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. While driving 30 mph, the contact rear ended another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and the vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 34,500.

- Mechanicsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 252007

Five Hundred 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,261 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Five hundred. The air bag indicator light remained illuminated. In March 2007 the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic, but the results showed no air bag failure. The vehicle had been at the dealer since March 27, 2007, and they were still unable to duplicate the failure. The contact called the dealer on April 23, 2007, and was informed that a part had been ordered. The dealer did not mention that the failure was common with the Ford Five hundreds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on three occasions, and dealer determined that the air bag indicator light did indeed remain illuminated. The current mileage is 23,445, and failure mileage was 23,261.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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