really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,443 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

May 242016


  • 85,000 miles


On May 24 while backing out of the driveway I was a passenger in my sons car when it suddenly accelerated at a tremendous rate of speed and with a loud noise and crashed into the vehicle in front, which was pushed into our shed. I sustained injuries of 6 broken ribs, bruised lung and contusions to my chest. If not for the car and shed in front we would have ended at the bottom of the hill behind our home. The insurance company, 21st century, did not send a claim form and is fighting paying for this accident.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 052016


  • 133,251 miles
Yesterday ( July 5, 2016) when my son arrived at home, placed the 2003 Windstar in park, turned off, took the key out of the ignition, took out the seat belt, opened the door and when closed the door the front airbags (driver & driver side) deployed suddenly. My wife call the dealer and the dealer said that there is no recall for our Windstar VIN number and they can quote for the repair. Failure millage aprox. 133,251 and the Windstar was stationary.

- Guayama, PR, USA

problem #19

Dec 032012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal required excessive force in order to come to a stop on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the brake pads and the vacuum hose needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Wichita , KS, USA

problem #18

Sep 272011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 136,463 miles


Add to safety complaint 106 649 11.... the ABS light and brake light problems 'started after vehicle speed control switch recall was done' (recall id # 67506) at the Ford dealer in cerritos, California.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 272011


  • 136,463 miles
Yellow ABS light and red brake light come on daily. Yellow air bag light comes on weekly. Took to Ford dealer 10/1/11, found codes C1185, 1198, 1194, 1254, 1246, 1250, 1248, 1214, 1210, B1869, B1470, U1262, B1676, B1246. Internal module failure, recommend replacing ECU (verbally quoted $1,000 over the phone). If red brake light comes on, I think it's the ABS module, but if something is really wrong, this could create an 'unsafe' vehicle on the road.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 262014


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the rear axle on the driver side fractured. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and it flipped multiple times. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V385000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #15

Sep 222014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


Driving East bound at 35 mph when a vehicle turned in front of me and I had a direct hit on the right side of his vehicle. I hit the steering wheel with my chest. The seat belt did not hold me back and neither air bag deployed.

- Plainview, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 182013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
ABS, brake light stays on for no reason. Spent several hundred dollars having it diagnosed. Replace many parts. No resolution. Drives often with a miss especially during acceleration.

- Nashvill, TN, USA

problem #13

May 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
ABS light on air bag little on won't turn off brake light also will come on at time feels like something is sticking like driving with brake on.

- Delmar, DE, USA

problem #12

Apr 142014


  • 214,016 miles
Leaving for work, I noticed that the ABS and airbag lights were on up on the dashboard. I drove to work which is only 8 miles away; going no faster than 45 mph. I arrived at work, placed van in park, turned off the van, took key out of ignition, took off my seat belt, opened door, and the airbag blew up in my face. I raised my arm and my right hand got most of the impact. We have been on the phone for 3 days with the dealer and Ford Motor Company. They keep passing us back and forth both denying any responsibility.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 162013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


ABS/airbag, tire gauge lights on - ebcm module failure.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
Swerved to avoid collision and the brakes locked causing car to lose control on the wet road. The van hit a tree, flipped on its side and smashed into a light pole. The airbags did not deploy even though there was front end damage. The ABS and brake lights were illuminated prior to the crash. Also noticed the speedometer started acting up over the prior weeks (not moving until after a few minutes of driving.)

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The ABS light and brake light intermittently comes on while driving.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #8

Dec 112010


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 45 mph, the driver side air bag deployed suddenly. The contact injured her neck as a result. The contact called the dealer who stated that they would contact the manufacturer. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the problem had to be legally handled. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 107,000.

- Cliffside Park, NJ, USA

problem #7

Sep 232010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The 2003 Ford Windstar, was hit on both sides and the front end was damaged, there is no bumper, 90% of the front end is gone. The airbag did not deploy.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 302009


  • 99,300 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 25 mph she suddenly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. None of the air bags deployed. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 99300.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 292009


  • 140,000 miles
My husband was proceeding in a southbound direction in our 2003 Ford Windstar when he struck a vehicle (GMC truck) that failed to stop at a stop sign. That vehicle was moving westbound. The impact first occurred with the Windstar striking the truck on the passenger front fender, which then resulted in the Windstar then striking a curb, immediately followed by the Windstar striking a telephone pole. These impacts were all made from the front, however no airbag deployed on the Windstar.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 162007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving 45 mph, the contact crashed into the passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. As of November 26, 2007, the insurance company was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The driver sustained a back injury and the front passenger suffered bruises to her shoulder and chest. The rear seat passengers sustained bruises to their chests and shoulders. The current and failure mileages were 46,000. *updated 12/12/2007 updated 12/12/07

- Glenallen, VA, USA

problem #3

May 172005


  • miles
My mother was driving her 2003 sel Windstar, a car hit her by a car on the left side of the Windstar, this caused the Windstar to change direction and crash again with some trees, so, there were 2 crashes, a tree finished in the middle of the front side of the Windstar, the automatic door on the left side was damaged and none of the airbags opened, I really do not think this is O.K., my mother was ok, with a little pain in the neck but ok, but anyway we would like to know if this is normal, we think the airbag should have opened, if anyone knows the speed, the severity or other things that need to happen with exact data for the airbag to open, please let us know at: Sashalaska@hotmail.com thanks

- Mexico Df, 00, USA

problem #2

Nov 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My husband and I were driving our 2003 Ford Windstar when it was hit by another vehicle traveling at a high speed. The impact was on the passage side back wheel and caused our van to roll over. However, the passenger side aid bag did not deploy. Also, the latches that connect the rear seats to the floor released from the two seats at the middle row. Seven days later Ford recalled 257,119 Windstar minivans because the latches that connect the rear seats to the floor could release in an accident......Ford Windstar is a very unsafe car, specially if you use it with children!!

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

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