really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 2
Average Mileage:
24,940 miles

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problem #11

Nov 232005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact's wife was driving the vehicle and the brakes were not working properly. While traveling down hill there where no brakes. This, in turn, caused the contact's vehicle to rear end another vehicle. This accident involved four other vehicles which sustained damages. This crash was a frontal impact.upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. There were no warning lights prior to the accident. The vehicle was towed to a body shop for inspection.the vehicle was under warranty.

- Coeda , OK, USA

problem #10

Sep 302005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact's vehicle was involved in an accident upon impact, front air bags did not deploy. The vehicle is at the dealership for repairs.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 162005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
35 to 40 mile per hour tree hit to a 2004 Ford F150 4WD pickup, no air bag deployment resulted in fatal accident.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #8

Oct 172005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My son was in an accident 2 days ago and his air bags did not deploy. He center punched a lamp pole and totaled his truck. 2004 Ford F150. He has major whip lash, and hopefully that's all, but I believe it's because he had his seat belt on and it did it's job. Had the airbag deployed, it might have stopped him from being thrown as hard.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 062005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Ford F150. The contact stated while sitting in front of house took the vehicle out of park and the engine was racing. The contact had foot on the brake and the vehicle went through a brick wall towards neighbor's house. He missed the house and ended up in a tree. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The contact did not know how fast the vehicle was going, but the vehicle kept accelerating. The police came out and a report was taken. The contact's neighbors heard the vehicle and came outside because they thought someone was outside racing. The dealership said they had not heard of this problem. The truck is with the police at this time, the insurance company is going to acquire the vehicle. The vehicle has not yet been inspected to see why this happened. The contact stated his shoulder and neck were hurting.

- Voorhees, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 282004

F-150 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
I was driving my new Ford F150,3 weeks old, up the highway 70 mph with cruise control on. Suddenly the air bag depolyed, buring my right ear lobb. I then pulled over to the side of the highway, with out any incedent, when I got out I noticed that the driveshaft fell out of the transmission. The transmission was shattered like an egg shell. The mechanics at the dealership pointed out that one C-clip was either never put in the front U-joint. They did not know why the ait bag should have gone off.they then tried to tell my my insurence should fix it. There is no body damage not even a piece of dirt missing. Then they said they would fix it. Wwhen I went up to sign work release the said they want to send the truck back to the factory. But theynever did this. I then told them I do not want it back they can just keep it. Under the lemon law. It was alrready in the shop for over 30 days. They had there legal dept. Call me and tell that it is not a lemon and I must keep this truck. I did not argue. But then out of the blue they agian saying I could come up there and pick out 1 of 2 2005 F150 that were more expensive and did not have options mine had. I would have to pay the cash difference up front to pick 1 up. I did not have that kind of cash so I stuck to my word that I dont want a nother Ford truck.after this time no one else would discuss the matter with me they just hang up. Now they sent a letter to say they selling my truck to pay for legal fees and repiars. Please help me to deciced what action I shouldi take. Ps I did not go to the hospital so layer do not want to help.

- Pevely , MO, USA

problem #5

Dec 072004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
While consumer was driving 30-35 mph, another vehicle cut in front of consumer vehicle, consumer slammed on brakes and vehicle continued on, hitting the other vehicle on driver's front side. Upon impact, neither frontal air bag deployed, and the ABS failed to stop the vehicle. Dealer and the manufacturer were not notified.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 262004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was pulling inside of the garage and vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Then, vehicle crashed into the garage door. Upon impact, both frontal air bag did not deploy. No injuries were reported. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not determine the cause of the collision......the brakes did not stop vehicle, nd the air bags did not deploy. There were two children, 5 and 7 years in the back seat who could have been seriously hurt. If the vehicle had moved 3 inches to the right consumer would have gone through the garage door, where consumer's husband was working and could have been run over and seriously hurt. This happened again on christmas eve when the vehicle was parked on a city street in midway, ky. It was in park when consumer turned on the ignition and the accelerator went wide open. Consumer put foot on the brakes and after a few seconds the accelerator went down to normal.

- Midway, KY, USA

problem #3

Aug 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,700 miles
While driving 40 mph the vehicle was involved in a frontal impact that ripped the whole right side off. The driver side air bag did not deploy. The passenger side air bag was deactivated. The driver sustained left arm injuries.

- Brookhaven, MS, USA

problem #2

Jan 302004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph in a parking lot the sun temporarily impaired the driver's vision. This condition caused the driver to hit a fence head on. Both frontal air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained head and neck injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for analysis. The vehicle was then taken to a body shop where both mechanics determined that the problem was due to air bag failure. The air bags should have deployed. The clock spring busted and failed to release the air bags. The air bag sensors in the front failed to deploy the air bags.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #1

Jan 092004


  • Manual transmission
  • 3,149 miles
While driving 55 mph the consumer lost control of the vehicle and as a result had a head on collision with a guardrail. The consumer stated that neither of the frontal air bags deployed upon impact. The driver sustained injuries. Please provide any additional information.

- Newburg, MD, USA