really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,878 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 012015

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the driver side seat belt detached from the buckle without warning. When attempting to re-attach the seat belt into the buckle, the latch failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belt and seat belt buckle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the NHTSA campaign number: 017V227001 (seat belts) directly relates to the failure experienced with the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The failure was mileage was 140,000. Updated 02/26/16 updated 03/14/16.

- Auroa, IL, USA

problem #13

Feb 032014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Seatbelt unlatches at random. Seems to be more likely to occur when it is hot outside.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #12

Jun 012013

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
No accident. My complaint is both seat belts unbuckle intermittently without warning. I am paying out of my own pocket for this default. The local Ford dealership claims my vehicle's VIN number does not apply to the recall...stating both buckles were fixed before the truck was originally sold. I have a hard time believing that these belts were replaced. The costumer service manager said it is a coincidence... ?? I bought this vehicle for my teenage son so I am having them put in tomorrow. The driver's seatbelt alone is $250 the passenger's seat is $185 and labor $150. I have never heard of cars/trucks having seatbelt issues...and then to be so costly. Just very disappointed.

- West End, NC, USA

problem #11

Oct 062014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Both drivers and passenger seat belts came unlatched while driving. I have informed Ford Motor Company customer service and they indicated that there was a recall on this issue, however they had replaced the belts with defective ones that sporadically come undone while driving. Customer service indicated that they are not under warranty, at this time. Why are they not responsible to replace with ones that work. If I buy new ones, will they be defective. Customer service could not respond with an answer and is avoiding answering.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #10

Sep 142014


  • 104,000 miles
Airbags partially deployed when I stopped quickly. There was no contact or exterior damage to vehicle.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #9

Mar 242014


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the front driver's side seat buckle could not be safely secured without making an adjustment each time the seat belt was used. The instrument panel would illuminate when the seat belt was not secured and once the adjustment was made manually by the contact the warning sensor would go off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the front driver's side seatbelt buckle needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15000.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 232012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 98,627 miles


Driver side seat belt retracting mechanism came apart and made seat belt inoperative. I bought a new seat belt and replaced it. Replacement seat belt did same thing 9 months later. Dealer replaced it free of charge. 3 months later same thing happened again. Dealer replaced it again. 3 months later it broke again. Warranty on parts is for 1 year so I am liable to replace it. I am concerned if they are made this poorly, will I be protected in case of a collision. The mechanism is held together with small plastic tabs that breakoff and cause the seat belt mechanism to come apart and not retract.

- Hays, KS, USA

problem #7

May 312013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
Passenger side seat belt receiver unlatches seemingly at random while vehicle is in motion. The red button does not fully return to the top of the unit which may cause the unlatching. Bodily injury could occur in the event of a crash. There is a NHTSA recall on some 2001 Ford Ranger for the safety belt but the service manager of the local Ford dealership claims there is no outstanding recall or programs on this unit.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #6

May 262013

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 80,664 miles
I was driving on a residential road, coming up to a third speed bump. I stepped on the brakes to slow down a little bit and my engine revved and started going faster. I hit the brakes and my truck spun out, off the road and stopped. The seat belt harness did not lock up; the shoulder strap stayed loose, and my head was being hit against the steering wheel. Then, somehow I fell out of the truck. This has never happened before. 05/17/13 I took my truck in to get the recall fixed, and get everything checked out.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 032010


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The contact stated the drivers side seat belt did not lock in place and opened while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the failure was not covered under NHTSA campaign id number 01V227001(seat belts: Front: Buckle assembly), since it was closed. The dealer advised the contact that the seat belt could be replaced for $600. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 202011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Seat belt comes unlatched at low speeds upon hitting bumps.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 082009

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle slid on a patch of snow. The rear wheels lost traction and the vehicle flipped over twice before crashing into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle struck a tree. The driver suffered bruised ribs on the left side and a stiff neck. The passenger sustained major bruises everywhere including her back, legs, and wrists. She also sustained a severe bump on her back and minor cuts. The vehicle was towed and is currently parked in the contact's driveway. The vehicle has not yet been inspected by a mechanic or dealer. The contact is assuming that the vehicle is destroyed. He will wait until the spring to check the frame on the vehicle; however, he believes that the passenger should not have sustained that much bruising and injuries. The contact also believes that there is a defect with the passenger side seat belt. During the crash, the seat belt did not tighten up, which allowed the passenger's body to jerk around and become bruised. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 82,000. Updated 02/05/09 updated 02/09/09.

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #2

Mar 052005

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Ford Ranger super cab 4X4. I was told by the Delaware co. Health dept. Childseat tech. That this vehicle will not safely accept a car seat due to the seatbelts being mounted to the doors. She refered me to your site for further instructions in the matter. Is this a true statement" what can be done to correct the problem"

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 072003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer was involved in an accident and his seatbelt equipment did not hold and his air bags did not deploy. The consumers skidded across the road and struck another vehicle head on. (model/XLT) RQ04011.

- Lakemoor, IL, USA

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