Notes: The Freestar was introduced in 2004, but it was essentially just a rebranded Windstar. While there was a redesign of the interior and exterior, the Freestar still inherited some of the design flaws of its predecessor.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,131 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Ford Freestar seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Ford Freestar Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012012

Freestar 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles


When I turn steering wheel I hear a noise like something is loose and rolling around in the air bag housing. Is there a danger of something loose in there acting as a projectile should the air bag deploy" I don't want to mess with this myself, what should I do"

- Salem, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 232009


  • 48,500 miles
Experienced a sudden loss of motive power to the engine on 2004 Freestar while driving in bad weather and heavy traffic. Air bag light came on as well. Towed to dealer. Told transmission and air bag module needed to be replaced. Cost $4000. Freestar has 48,589 miles. Extended warranty expired in August. Had car in to dealer 4 times during the summer for traction control issues and failure of backup sensors. 2006 had to be towed to dealer due to engine stopped running 3 times in less than 2 miles. Trade in value $5700(minus $4000 in transmission and airbag module replacement)

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #2

May 012005


  • miles
2004 Ford Freestar air bag warning light illuminates on and off while driving. The dealer suggested that the system was operating in accordance with the design intent. The consumer requested from NHTSA a solution that can be implemented promptly. The light illuminated when the consumers wife sat in the front passenger seat.

- Beverly Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 042004

Freestar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
Brakes squealing, air bag light comes on, engine hsa alot of pinging hioway speed 60 and up.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

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