really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,316 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 182009


  • 193,210 miles


On January 18, 2009, I was driving on the long island expressway West, near exit 40, in the left lane, when the driver side air bag deployed. I called the highway patrol, the officer that responded advised me that no report was required since no other vehicle was involved, and that I should take the vehicle, a 2001 Ford Windstar, to a Ford dealership since airbags are not supposed to deploy without cause and that they are supposed to be tested every 10 years.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 202003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Diriving down the road when the passenger side airbag deployed. Had it been the driver's side an accident would have occurred. Ford would not repair or replace. Said it was caused by an accident but there was not one. There was no vehicle damage except to the interior

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #5

Mar 032006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 42 mph, the side curtain airbag on the driver side deployed. There had been no collision and nothing was run over. The dealership determined there was no visible sign as to why the airbag deployed. Although, the seat belt was worn, the contact received minor injuries. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 3/28/2006 -

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 212004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Driving on us 60 and loop 101 when the side air bag located in drivers left side of seat exploded. There had been some wood pallet debris approximately scattered on the road 100 hundred yards behind the point of the air bag activation. Analysis from the Ford dealership shows that some small object impacted onto the frame underneath the center post about 6 inches up on the frame post. I think that this area is of impact is unprotected from small objects detonating the air bag in a non emergency condition. (example) gravel roads any small rock could trigger the air bag. This condition may happen on any road from objects too small to be observed. The only damage noted is some paint scraped from frame. Dealer put the car on hoist and that was the only way to see the impact area. It is actually about 6 inches above the bottom of car frame. Mechanic said the area was 6 inches from the sensor. I am now dealing with the insurance company to get the air bag and seat replaced. This should not happen. I do have digital pictures of the area impacted but feel the sensor is not adequately protected from false explosions.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Nov 042004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The passenger side air bag deployed inadvertently. The passenger went to the doctor the next day. Vehicle was towed to the insurance company's body shop. The passenger suffered from headaches, neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. The dealer did not assume any reponsibility.

- Sellersville, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 202004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I was in a car incident in which there was major front end damage to my Ford Windstar and the driver side airbag did not deploy. The passenger side airbag did deploy.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 272002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving 25 mph and the side air bag on the passanger side deployed with no specific reason.there was a lot of damage on the vehicle.dealer was notified. Nlm

- Columbus, TX, USA

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