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Front Air Bag Sensor Control Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 40 problems related to front air bag sensor control (under the air bag category).

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 02/15/2014

Airbag sensor displayed on dash. Will not go off. Scheduling diagnostic test on Friday 2/21/2014. Researched problem on internet, apparently this is happening much to often for it to be a individual problem. My mechanic stated it has become a common problem with Ford Escapes. The cost to repair is not cheap. I cannot believe that the government has not intervened and alerted the public or at the very least Ford Escape owners. I am disabled and have no income at this time. I truly hope that the government will hold Ford motor company to this issue before someone gets serious hurt or worse killed.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 04/17/2008

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.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 10/16/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The air bag light illuminated because the seat belt pretension code was faulty. The front air bags fail to deploy when in a crash. On October 16, 2007, the contact took her vehicle to the dealer because of a beeping sound and they replaced the instrument panel and ignition switch. When she retrieved her vehicle, the air bag light was still illuminated. The failure has occurred since February of 2007. The dealer informed her that the repair for the air bag sensor was her responsibility. The current and failure mileages were 82,629.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 09/12/2007

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. 00 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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 08/15/2007

My daughter weighs about 90 lbs. When she sits in the front passenger seat, the airbag intermittently turns on and off, some times depending on minor posture changes, sometimes at random. The dealer has seen this and says there is nothing they can do as the settings are federally mandated. It seems that it is a safety hazard to never know if a piece of safety equipment will function or not. If the air bag should be on, then it is unsafe for it to be on; if the sensor says it should be off then having it on would be unsafe.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 08/15/2007

My daughter weighs 90 lbs. When she sits in the front seat of our 2007 Ford Escape, the airbag turns on and off intermittently, depending on minor adjustments of her posture. The dealer has seen it and says that there is nothing they can do about it, as it is a federally regulated setting. So I guess we'll just never know if my daughter will have a functional air bag in the event of a crash.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 08/10/2007

(1) airbag light came on (2) cables defective - airbags will not deploy during crash (3) cables replaced - $450 total.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/07/2007

My airbag light had been coming on, and after several weeks it stayed on constantly. I took my vehicle to the dealership where it was purchased to have it checked. I was told that the connector under the passenger seat for the side mount air bag needed replacing. I was also informed that if this was not repaired, the airbag may not deploy if needed! I asked if there had been any other complaints made to Ford on this issue and was told that they were not aware of any. I feared for the safety of anyone that might be a passenger in my vehicle if it should be involved in an accident, so I went ahead with the repair. I voiced my dissatisfaction with the cost of the repair and was told that all I could do about it was call the manufacturer. This part cost $36. 49 and $210 for the labor.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 07/30/2007

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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 07/23/2007

The air bag light came on in our 2003 Ford Escape. We have taken it to a Ford dealership who informed us that the sensor has failed for no apparent reason and that if we are in an accident, the air bags will not deploy. The cost for this repair is quoted at approximately $500. 00. At this point we are not in a financial position to make this repair and we are forced to drive the vehicle and hope that we will not have an accident. This is clearly a safety issue. There has been no prior warning nor any accident that would cause this failure.


 
car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 04/11/2007

Airbag light on the 2004 Ford Escape flashes or stays on. My SUV has 71,000 miles.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2007

I've read online several others that have had problems with the air bag light in the 2003 Ford Escape. My air bag light goes on and stays on about 2ce a week.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 02/05/2007

The airbag light was illuminated on the dashboard of our 2003 Ford Escape. I took it to the dealer and was informed that the sensor under the passenger seat was defective and must be replaced. The cost quoted was $450. I then did an internet search and found several hundred similar complaints. I also found two different Ford technical service bulletins, which clearly indicates that Ford knows this is a problem. On another site a technician from a Ford dealership stated that the problem could simply be fixed by spraying the contact points with an electrical contact cleaner such as wd40. I took the vehicle back to the dealer and told them to follow this procedure and the problem has not returned in the past 8 months.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 01/27/2007

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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 01/10/2007

Sinc e purchasing the vehicle air bag light went on and off, and there was a smell of gas throughout the vehicle. Taken to Ford delership in March, 2007, but dealership did not find the cause of the problem.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 09/20/2006

- the contact stated that while driving 35 mph in 2003 Ford Escape noticed on 09/20/06 that air bag light on the dash board turned on. The contact stated that she did have a passenger in the seat at that time. As per owners manual directions, the contact took vehicle to dealership who performed some type of repair and charged the consumer $100. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer on 10/28/06 for the same failure. The contact went back to the dealership and they told her that they did see that the light was turning on and off, and they told her that they were going to grease the cable. The contact was not sure which cable they were talking about. The vehicle was driven for 3 more weeks when the same failure occurred. She took vehicle in to dealership again and they found nothing wrong , but the light didn't come back on for another 3 weeks. The failure occurred again and the vehicle was taken to the dealership, and the dealership greased the same cable and told the contact that the cable is under vehicle code #1877. The contact stated that on 11/27/06 the vehicle's air bag light on the dash stayed on while driving. Updated 1/22/2007 - the consumer was told not to worry about the light and that and that the air bas was working properly. He went on to say that he believes the problem is with the light itself.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 08/03/2006

I purchased my vehicle with 38,000 miles on it. Within the first 2 months the airbag light started flashing and sometimes staying on sometimes going off. After about 2 to 3 months it went off and stayed off for another couple of months. Eventually it started coming on again and is now staying on the majority of the time. I am a little concerned about this because I don't know if my airbag is working when the light is on.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 12/07/2005

On 12/7/05, the main air bag light lit up on the dash. In accordance with the owner's manual, the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repair. The problem occurred with only 542 miles driven on the vehicle. This vehicle was purchased as a replacement to a 2005 Ford Escape that had this same chronic problem, which could not be repaired by Ford after six repair attempts. The 2005 vehicle was bought back by the manufacturer and at no time was a pattern of repairs to this type of vehicle disclosed to me prior to purchase of a replacement vehicle. When the 2006 vehicle was taken in for repairs, we were advised that the dealer currently has seven vehicles with this same problem and that they are attempting to correct the problem. If we had known about pre-existing safety component problems with this model, we likely would not have purchased a replacement.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 11/06/2005

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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 10/18/2005

Dt:the contact states the air bag light came on intermittently. The light can came on at any time while the vehicle was being driven. Once the light was on it stayed on until the vehicle was no longer in use. The vehicle was taken to the dealer ,and they could not duplicate the problem, therefore , the vehicle has not been repaired.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 09/20/2005

I have a 2005 Ford Escape that I purchased on February 19,2005. I have been having continuous problems with the passenger air bag light. The salesman at future Ford of roseville(which is where I purchased the vehicle) told my husband and I that the car had a safety feature that would turn off the passenger air bag if some one fifty pounds or less was in the vehicle. Now having kids that really peaked our interest. Went on to purchase the car. Not soley based on this feature but it was a deciding factor. Ever since we have had a problem with it. The light indicating that the airbag has turned off comes on even when I am sitting in the seat and I weigh over 120 lbs. I have taken the car back several times and they have witnessed the problem them selves several times. The company has even called out an engineer from Ford motor company and he seen the problem happen when someone was sitting in the seat. However they can not figure out why it is doing this because the factory tests that they run are sowing that the car is working properly. It is obvious to everyone that this is not true because the light comes on as soon as I sit in the seat. They told me that they would put me into another car and take back the Escape. I chose a 2005 Ford freestar. Which has the same safety feature but it works when I am in the seat. I have had the car for over three weeks and now they have called us and said that we have to bring it back because they cant find us someone to finance us due to the negative equity from the Escape. I do not know what my rights are in this case. They want us to return the van and I am really upset because that means that I have top take back the Escape which is the very car that I am not safe in. Two of the service employees told me that they have had this problem with the Escape and the explorer before. I just need to know what my rights are. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks you for your time.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 07/14/2005

There has been a problem with the airbag warning light coming on and off. The problem started around 7-14-05. The consumer has taken vehicle to dealer for repair multiple times. It will be fine after the consumer has taken it to a dealer. They have replaced the sensor, and reprogrammed the computer. The repairs are only temporary.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 05/25/2005

Air bag light has illuminated occasionally since vehicle was new(Nov 1, 2001). Seat belt buckle latch was replaced under warranty in Jan 03. Problem fixed. Next occurrence Nov 03. Connections cleaned and treated, problem fixed. In may 05 problem appeared again, with the addition of intermittent seat belt light illumination. Vehicle was returned to dealer. A TSB had been issued by Ford to replace the safety belt buckle pre-tensioner on both seats. The TSB was not covered by an extended warranty, and the repair would cost approximately $695. Repair was declined. However, owner was charged $75 to read the codes. Owner cleaned and treated electrical connections under both seats. Lights are no longer illuminated.

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car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 05/10/2005

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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 04/04/2005

Airbag warning light iluminates intermittently during vehicle operation. Problem began after completion of Ford recall 04s13.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 26
Failure Date: 02/04/2005

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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 27
Failure Date: 01/27/2005

Vehicle experienced a problem with the air bag disabled light. Passenger of the vehicle weighed 120 lbs. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer, and the cause of the problem was undetermined.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 28
Failure Date: 11/08/2004

Restraint system - airbag sensor light continually on, potential failure of airbag system would not deploy in a crash.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 29
Failure Date: 07/05/2004

The air bag check light remained on, and had been repaired 6 times, but the problem recurred. Owner was informed that the air bag may not deploy if her vehicle was involved in an accident.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 30
Failure Date: 06/07/2004

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.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 31
Failure Date: 04/05/2004

Consumer noticed that the srs light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced, and replaced it. A few months later the srs light appeared on the dashboard, and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic informed determined that the clock spring needed to be replaced.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 32
Failure Date: 07/29/2003

Maintenance.

car image   Front Air Bag Sensor Control problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 33
Failure Date: 06/26/2003

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.


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