definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,909 miles

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problem #12

Apr 172008

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles
Air bag trouble light began blinking after turning the engine on one morning. A series of blinking......6 times, 4 times, 6 times, 4 times and then remained on. Only went off when turning engine off. Local repair shop said only dealer could handle this. Dealer quoted price to just investigate. And that it would depend on what they found if the quote would be applied to the total repair cost. Hmmm. Dealer also said that most likely while the warning light is on that the airbags will not deploy in the event of a collision. I have seen the number of complaints here at this website and elsewhere and merely want to add mine to the growing list. The more we complain maybe we'll get some results. Thanks.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #11

Sep 122007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,122 miles
Air bag light started blinking when I started vehicle blinked for about 30 sec then went solid, took Escape to Ford dealer and the got a code from the air bag system and informed me I had faulty wiring on the seat belt connector and there was a replacement wiring harness I needed to install. Told then to order it and was informed that air bags were functioning ok even though light was still on. The said I just missed the warranty by 4 days so I had to pay the $200 for parts and labor. You would think Ford would give a little leeway since this is a faulty part first installed on production line. Please advice Ford of this thank you.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 302007

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. After picking up her vehicle from being serviced, the air bag light began blinking intermittently while driving 50 mph. A few minutes later, the air bag light stopped blinking and remained lit each time the vehicle made a turn. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and they informed her that the connector harness needed replacing. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 76,000.

- Seymore, TN, USA

problem #9

Aug 102007

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
(1) airbag light came on (2) cables defective - airbags will not deploy during crash (3) cables replaced - $450 total

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #8

Jun 262003

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,729 miles
Air bag warning light on intermittently on dashboard. Started in 6/03, taken to dealer 5 times and still not repaired. I am resigned to having an inoperative airbag.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 272007

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had many problems with the airbag light coming on and off randomly in my 2002 Ford Escape & have read on the internet that other people are experiencing the same problem. I have taken my vehicle to the dealership for the 2nd time and they replaced the airbag pretensioner, as it had gone bad. I was advised that if the light were on, the airbag would not deploy. I do not believe this is a "wear-and-tear" part and Ford needs to look into the situation to make sure a recall is not needed.

- Browns Summit, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 062005

Escape 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Airbag light is on and airbags not working. According to complaints found on the internet and in chat rooms and with Ford issuing diagnostic trouble codes this is a long term ongoing problem which the dealership has difficulty fixing. So I am at risk of injury or death because Ford made a faulty airbag system. Please investigate and issue a recall.

- Central City, NE, USA

problem #5

May 102005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,786 miles
2002 frod Escape seat belt tensioner failure causes failure of the air bag safety restraint system. Seat belt tensioners (both at once!) failed, part numbers 1L8Z78610E22aaa and 1L8Z78610E23aaa.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Feb 042005

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,273 miles
Airbag/restraint system warning lamp is on. Initially, it flashed for about 30 seconds, then remained on. Vehicle has been to Ford dealer for this condition on four previous occasions. Previously diagnosed to be a problem with the sensor in the passenger seat and reportedly repaired, but the problem returns in 3 to 9 months. Unknown whether airbag and restraint system would properly deploy in a collision.

- Princeton, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 082004

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Restraint system - airbag sensor light continually on, potential failure of airbag system would not deploy in a crash

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 072004


  • miles
While driving SRS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Consumer pressed down the horn and it failed. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed consumer that this vehicle was not on recall.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

May 232003

Escape 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
We have had the vehicle in for repair 4 times for the air bag light. It keeps coming on and won't shut off. This vehicle is just a year old. The dealer repair center can't seem to get the problem repaired

- Tomball, TX, USA