Seat Belt Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 89 problems related to seat belt (under the seat belt category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 04/11/2018

Drivers side seat belt will not retract all the why.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

The passenger seat belt does not tighten across my chest. It is very dangerous as I�m putting myself in danger every time I ride in the car.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 12/25/2017

�unsafe at any speed�: we bought a new 2013 Ford Escape. It had many problems, including many safety recalls. I request Ford buy the car back multiple times (they refused). Our driver's seat belt failed on 12-25-2017 at 09:55 am, when my wife's car was struck from behind by a car going 50 mph. Both cars were totaled. My wife was in the drivers seawearing her seat belt at the time of the accident & was thrown forward and hit her head on the steering wheel when drivers side seat belt failed to engage. She got a concussion injury and had to go to the er, also a bad whiplash and other injuries, including seatbelt rash on left collarbone. Seat belt failed or her head would not have been injured. We aren�t first Ford owners to be injured by seat belt problems. I found multiple reports on the NHTSA site of driver and passenger injuries in 2013 & 2014 Ford Escapes due to seat belt failures. (note: this issue may be similar to existing NHTSA recall 16v875, for the Ford fusion, but not the Escape. ) Ford has been notified multiple times drivers & passengers are being injured by the failure of driver & passenger seat belts, yet has taken no action, nor has NHTSA. Please review the seat belt injuries in 2013-2018 Ford Escapes. *** note: I found 12 NHTSA reports of seat belt failures in j2013-2014 Escapes, including 4 injuries. The Escape design changed in 2013. A. Nhtsa id number: 10562168 (injuries due to sb failure, including broken bones, incorrectly logged as no injuries, customer called fmc) incident date January 28, 2014 b. Nhtsa id number: 10561343 (two injuries, brakes failed, seat & seat belts failed) incident date January 9, 2014 c. Nhtsa id number: 10618315, (2 injuries), incident date August 1, 2014 d. Other seat belt failure reports (no injuries): 11053916,11053318,10947832, 10811504, 10555439, 11034362, 10763929, 10618315, 11048052.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 12/12/2017

Driver side seat belt does not retract.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 12/11/2017

My driver-seat seat belt warning light and alarm does not always work. It does not come on on a consistent basis at start-up. If I unlatch my seat belt while the driving the alarm and warning light do not come on at all. I had a problem with the belt latching at one point and the dealership replaced the latch. My backseat driver's side seat belt does not latch at all. This is the second belt to have latching difficulties.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 12/05/2017

Tl- the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the driver side seat belt failed to retract when attempted to used. The vehicle was taken to cloquet Ford dealer, located on 701 washington Ave, cloquet, mn 55720, phone: (218) 879-4668, where it was diagnosed that the seat belt and motor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Aw.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 11/15/2017

1. Seat belt: driver's seat belt unexpectedly stopped working and will not click or lock into place. The seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash. 2: electrical system: instrument panel: blank display, or often times inresponsive. If the instrument cluster is inoperative, the driver of may not be warned of safety related issues such as low tire pressures or disabled air bags, increasing the risk of personal injury or a crash. 3. Body: door: the body of the rear drivers side door is often hard to close and the body of the door often comes off. A door that opens unexpectedly in the result of not being able to close, may result in an unrestrained occupant falling from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 10/11/2017

Spring in mechanism that latches driver seat belt has failed and the entire mechanism is failing starting at approximately 60,000 miles.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 10/03/2017

Seatbelts don't retrieve back in, rust under steering column.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 09/04/2017

I have trouble with the seat belts, they do not retrack by themselves and sometimes they lock up even though I did not stop suddenly. , another problem is with my dashboard the lighting goes dim and them bright while I am driving for no reason I can tell, this is all during city street driving. I also have a strong fuel smell which lasts for about 5 minutes when I start the car in the morning.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 03/05/2017

The contact owns a 2017 Ford Escape. While the contact's spouse was driving 70 mph, the front driver side tire blew out and the vehicle crashed into a guardrail. The contact was unsure of what warning indicators were illuminated. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side air bags deployed and the seat belts engaged; however, the rear passenger side seat belt failed to engage. The driver sustained a fractured sternum and contusion, the front passenger sustained bruised ribs and a scraped elbow, and the rear passenger sustained a fractured sternum and collar bone, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed, but was not diagnosed for the seat belt failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 16,296.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 02/14/2017

(sj - no dealer info) tl the contact owns a 2016 Ford Escape. While driving 30 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact�s vehicle. The contact stated that the driver�s seat belt failed to lock, which caused him to be ejected from his seat. The contact struck the steering wheel and the dashboard. All the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a right shoulder injury and the left ulnar nerve was split in two and was smashed. Medical attention was required. The contact drove to the hospital after the crash. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the muffler, the right quarter panel, the bottom half of the trunk, the rear bumper, and the structural frame behind the bumper�s reinforcement bar needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 01/31/2017

I was involved in a highway speed motor vehicle accident. I rear ended another vehicle at highway speeds. In the accident the seat belt pre-tensioner (or retractor) did not lock the belt in position. When I unbuckled after the accident the belt retracted back into the side panel.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 12/12/2016

After starting the car, the dash light for airbag/seatbelts flashes continuously or flashes and then stays lit. Was told this was a known issue and was a wiring/sensor issue with the seatbelts. Assured there was nothing wrong with the seatbelt or airbag. This was intermittent in late 2016 and became continuous by June 2017. As this now happens continuously, it is impossible to know when or if you actually have an issue with your airbag or seatbelt.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 12/10/2016

Driver's seat belt tensioner quit working. Seat belt will no longer tighten when brakes are applied. The seat belt will not restrain the driver in the event of a sudden stop.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 11/25/2016

The contact owns a 2016 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact crashed into a deer. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt failed to retract. The contact sustained rib and breast injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a Ford dealer collision center. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 11/03/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v597000 (air bags, seat belts) and 16v643000 (latches/ locks/linkages). The parts needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

Drivers side seat belt has started to release while driving. Can happen multiple times in a single trip. Has happened multiple times over the last month.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 08/10/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road, waited a few minutes, and was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. In addition, the front passenger door failed to remain locked. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v237000 (air bags), 14v239000 (structure), 14v597000 (air bags, seat belts), and 16v643000 (latches/locks/linkages). The parts needed for the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000. Parts distribution disconnect and VIN tool confirms parts not available.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 07/31/2016

The rear seatbelt buckles appear to have been installed improperly at the factory. One of the buckles is forced up by the bolt spring while the other two are forced down. The two that are forced down make it difficult for rear seat passengers to buckle in. Furthermore, when the seat back is folded down, the two seatbelt buckles tend to be forced under the seat. This can lead to the buckle(s) getting damaged when trying to raise the seat back to its upright position. In some cases, the buckle can be crushed and made unusable.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 06/06/2016

The srs airbag light was blinking-the code said that the seatbelt connector had failed-they had to remove and replace the seatbelt connectors costing us 493. 13, and this is a safety issue that Ford should cover under a warranty or safety recall. I am out 493. 13 plus the 100. 00 diagnostic fee and need to be compensated for this. I have attached the services performed by the repair shop. Ford said it was not covered by warranty or any recall. That is ridiculous. Please advise. Thanks.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 02/27/2016

I was driving on interstate 75 near bradenton in FL. 1:00 p. M. Perfectly clear & dry day. I was hit from behind, sent my Ford into the grassy median, car came to a stop at a wire guard rail. I didn't hit another vehicle. I was knocked unconscious, so I have no recall. This happened near a construction area & all I remember is traffic slowing, perhaps I was going 45-50 mph, & in process of slowing down. Although there was extensive damage to left front & side no airbags deployed. My head/face apparently hit the steering wheel. Therefore seat belt restraints did not hold me tight to the seat. I was taken to e. R. - had a concussion, they did lots of tests, kept me overnight in icu, discharged the next day. Also, later I was told by auto collision company & insurance investigator that the driver seat was damaged & had apparently come loose. The vehicle was totaled.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The front seat belts fail to retract. The buckles get caught in the door or the strap keeps the door from closing. The straps start to fray. The car only has 55,000 miles and the belts need to be retracted manually.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 11/11/2015

Escape has several issues, Ford dealer would review and report no issues found. I bought my Escape new in July 2012. 1. Front seat belts - within the first year (Jan-Feb 2013 - mileage 5,000ish) the front seat belts wouldn¿t retract 90% of the time, causing them to be caught in the door and/or keep the door from closing. 2. Transmission issues (Nov 2015 - mileage 50,000ish ) it shifts badly, sometimes acts as if its in-between gears when your breaking or accelerating. When you release the peddle and reapply, it¿ll reengage but at times will lurch again. 3. Electrical issues - Jan 2016 -(mileage 65,000ish) the dome light won¿t go out, had to pull the fuse lights so I could drive unobstructed. 4. (4/18/16 - mileage 73,000ish) rear door will not open. Apparently this is a known issue based on what find on line and here. In the past I did notice water ¿drips¿ on my back window, I couldn¿t figure out where the ¿leak¿ was, again dealership reported no problem found, I just thought it was pooled water that found its way in when I had opened up the rear window/door. But based on what I see on line and here the rear door not opening is due to the ¿water drip/leak¿ issue because of the rear window gasket isn¿t correct thickness or something along those lines. Back door not being able to open is a safety concern, all doors should be accessible in case of an emergency. 5. Same date as 4,door locks not locking when you put SUV into gear. 6. April 26, 2016 ¿ pulling out of my drive way ¿ no incline what so ever ¿ warning light for steep grade light came on. 6. Truck will be taken back to a different Ford dealer ship, for all the above issues, I don¿t care to return to where I bought it, since their service department is very dismissive despite me providing reports from this website to them about the various issues I came in with.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 10/09/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicles air bag warning indicator illuminated on the vehicles instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the seat belt alarm pretension-er had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. Wh.


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