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Seat Belt Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 39 problems related to seat belt (under the seat belt category).

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

My car was stopped in traffic and some one hit it from back coming at a speed of approx. 35-40 miles/hour. Driver and front passengers hit their faces and knees on dashboard. Both seat belts (driver side and passenger side) did not restrain and stop passengers moving forward. We have noticed this problem on both seat belts (driver and passenger side) on this car (2014 Ford Escape se) since we have owned this car that both seat belts (driver and passenger side) are very lose and does not restrain when pulled suddenly. This caused the bruising of faces and knees of passengers in this accident. If seat belts were working properly and restraining properly this would not have happened. This problem could have been worse or life threatening if a similar accident would have occurred on a highway. I now have told a Ford dealer to check it. I am not sure if this problem is only on my car or other 2014 Ford Escape se model of cars. This needs to brought to the attention of manufacturer(Ford) to recall and fix this problem if it is true for all of this model of cars.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

Seat belt buckle releases multiple times after clicking in while driving. It has happened several times.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 06/29/2014

As I got home I tried to unbuckle the seatbelt and it would not release. Multiple tries still didn't help. I had to pull really hard to get it to release and hurt my hand. Each time since has made it significantly worse, it locks in but does not want to release. Took me ten mins to get it unhooked last time I used it.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 06/22/2014

I have a 2008 Ford Escape and I can put the seats down for storage and when I tried and lifted the passenger seat up behind the drivers, the seat belt retractor won't release and I cannot put the seat up. I have tried a can of air and tapping on the retractor and this won't release the seat belt so I can put the seat up.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 05/19/2014

My airbag light stay on, had Ford dealer check out the problem, inform of the defect with the seat belts harness is not working up to stander. If I got into a crash, the seat belts would not hold me back.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 05/16/2014

This document is in response to a frontal vehicle collision occuring may 16, 2014 on a major highway. At my request I requested the auto body repair shop to check the the occupant restraint system. It was determined that the restraint system control module was inative and probably has been since the car was built. Perhaps an investigan of the same, make, model, and year Ford SUV be considered. All supporting documentation is immediately available.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/28/2014

Was rear ended by a vehicle going at a high rate of speed while sitting at a light. Passenger seat belt did not engage. My daughter was thrown to the left and forward then to the right and backwards. Almost hitting the dash. Has whiplash and collar bone issues. Cannot lift her arms. Called Ford and reported this safety issue.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/09/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph and applying the brakes, the brakes failed. The contact crashed into a concrete lane divider and went airborne. The vehicle crossed over four lanes of traffic before coasting to a stop. The contact sustained a fractured lumbar spine and injuries to the left elbow. The front passenger suffered a head injury, fractures to the lumbar and thoracic spine areas. The contact stated that the front passenger¿s side seat also failed upon impact. Both of the injured occupants were transported to the hospital from the crash site. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 11,000.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

Upon taking off driver side seat belt, it would not retract. Pulling out and fastening the seat belt it will not retract and tighten. Took to Ford on Nov. 26th. Said it is a known problem. Have to order parts but was told that seat belt does not function properly but have air bags if anything was to happen. A malfunctioning seat belt is not a warm feeling to drive around with. Big safety issue.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 10/29/2013

I attempted to push the seat belt release button and the seat belt would not release. I had to stretch the belt and pull it over my head to climb out of the car. My husband attempted to release the button, but the seat belt would not release. I have to have the whole thing replaced and was quoted $450. 00 as it will have to be rewired also.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 09/21/2013

The driver's side seat belt locked up tight on me while driving. I tried to pull it off of my chest to try to reset it but it did not reset to the loose, unlocked position. In order to try and reset the lock, I unplugged the seat belt and let it retract to the door. When I tried to put it back on, it was locked now in the retracted position. I brought the car to the dealer right away and he was unable to unlock the seat belt. While waiting for a replacement part, I had to drive without a driver's side seat belt for one week, as the dealer also didn't have enough rental cars to provide me with one while waiting for the part. I looked online and there are many, many complaints about Ford's seat belts locking up like this. To have a faulty safety restraint as such is inexcusable and dangerous.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

Was driving in town with passengers properly buckled in seat belts in our 2007 Ford Escape with 67,000 miles. . Sudden stop and the passenger in the rear passengers seat had the seat belt pull loose from the connector. Inspection showed that the seat belt stitching on that particular seat belt had apparently never been properly stitched and there were only a few threads holding the seat belt together. Close inspection of the other seat belts in the car showed the rest had a white inspection tag while this seat belt did not have one at the "supposed" sewed joint. Looks like the sewing machine needle drilled the holes but did not put threads through the two pieces. We are not the original owners but close inspection appears to be an original defect and the seat belt was apparently never properly sewn to the clip. Contacted (through champion Ford in corpus christi, texas our home) a lady named lisette who apparently is the texas Ford customer representative and she stated that since the vehicle was out of warranty and we were not the original owner that it was not Ford's responsibility to do anything about this serious safety problem. No apparent recalls on similar problems and no one but Ford apparently knows how many "replacement" seat belt assemblies have been purchased by Ford Escape owners. Pictures of the seat belt separated from the clip is available. .

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 08/23/2013

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 2 mph and turning into a parking lot, another vehicle crashed into the rear quarter of the vehicle. Both vehicles were destroyed and none of the air bags in the contact's vehicle deployed. The contact also stated that the seat belt did not tighten on impact. The contact suffered neck, shoulder and facial injuries. The front seat passenger sustained severe internal head injuries and was diagnosed with a concussion. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the air bag failure. The failure and current mileage was 5,999.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 11/20/2012

My wife was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. The car was at a stop when it accelerated suddenly for a short burst. The brakes did not hold the vehicle in one spot and she tapped the vehicle in front of her cause two minor scratches on the other vehicle's bumper. Our insurance company has been contacted and is in the process of getting the other vehicle repaired. The Escape did not sustain any noticeable damage. The Escape is heading back to the dealership to be looked at. This has only occurred once that we know of but I have noticed once that the vehicle did jump a bit in rpms and speed while driving it at a steady speed on a fairly flat road.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 10/19/2012

The contact rented a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that a rear passenger attempted to utilize the seat belt but the entire seat belt assembly fractured from the socket. The vehicle was taken back to the rental company where they were informed of the failure. The contact could not verify if anything had been done to correct the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 18,017.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 07/27/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while attempting to exit the vehicle, the seat belt would not un-latch. After four minutes the contact was able to un-latch the seat belt and exit the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the seat belt could no longer be latched. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer nor call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 03/19/2012

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped when a vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not tighten. The rear of the driver's seat fractured as a result of the crash. The police arrived on scene and a report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene and taken to the dealer. The vehicle was neither repaired nor inspected for the air bag, seat belt and seat failures. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 5,595.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

I was out with my children and we got into the vehical to leave our destination and my child could not buckle her seat belt becaue it locked on her. Now the seat belt is so tight to the seat that it is about to cut through the interior.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 02/28/2012

In 2011, I purchased my used 2006 Ford Escape. About 3 months after purchase, I noticed the passenger side air bag light would activate when an adult would sit in the passenger seat, signifying the air bag was "off" when it should be activated. Today I had my local Ford dealer check the air bag to see if it worked properly. They discovered that not only would the air bag not operate properly in a crash, the seat belt would also fail to lock as it should during a sudden stop or crash. Since there is no recall issued and the vehicle is out of warranty, the cost to repair the seat belt and air bag is all my responsibility. There should be a recall issued for this vehicle and any others known to have this problem. I was told it took a certain number of vehicles to be diagnosed with the same problem before any agency would issue a recall. Even one vehicle with this problem should prompt a recall, because technically, this malfunction could cause serious injury or death in the event of a crash.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

Drivers seat belt is stuck in the partially extended position. This has happened several times over the past few years. In the past it has eventually retracted on its own after a few days. This time I can only use the seat belt if I move the drivers seat back farther then I'm comfortable with. I believe it's a safety issue not only because it's stuck but also the belt pretty much pins me to the seat when I use it.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 11/19/2011

1. On or near November 19, 2011, a spring from the clutch pedal broke. It seems to be one that returns the pedal to its default position as I have to lift up on it from beneath with my foot to get it back to its regular height. I'm concerned that it may cause premature wear on the clutch if it does not return to its standard rest position. The spring broke while the car was parked before driving. --------------------------------- 2. In late 2011, I began to notice the driver's seat belt begin to fray on the bottom (lap side). This is my first experience with a seat belt wearing out, and I generally keep my vehicles at least ten years (all previously owned). I've had this one for only 3 1/2 years and it's a total of 6 years old.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 11/17/2011

Airbag warning light repeatedly flashes warning code#47. Lic mech can clean connector contacts and reset computer code but if won't reset, bag(s) may not deploy. Mech advises prob is well known occurrence w/ 1999-2005 Ford Escapes. Codes#46/47 (drivers seat/rt frt passenger seat) appearing as a result of original equipment defective wiring harnesses for airbag/pretensioner seat belt system. Only fix if light stays on and can't be reset is to replace wire harnesses; cost $550+ (must remove seats, pull up carpet to gain access to harness and replace same) . Nhtsa investigated issue in 1999 (action# sq99026 Nov. '99-may. -2000) but closed case with no further action. Internet inquiry indicates large number of complaints about above and also failure of airbag deployment in accidents. Internet indicates issue involves Mazda tributes also as Ford associated with Mazda and uses same harness and system. Ford apparently has a replacement harness to fix problem but owners must pay for part and labor as Ford doesn't acknowledge defective original equipment.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 07/26/2011

I own a 2004 Ford Escape and have had the seatbelt harnesses fixed 3 times. One was just fixed 18 days ago and needs to be replaced yet again. There is a wiring problem with the seatbelt harness. It has been the passenger front seat each time.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 07/23/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the driver side seat belt would not unlatch which prevented the contact from exiting the vehicle. The contact had to cut the seat belt in order to exit the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the seat belt sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 59,850 and the current mileage was 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 06/12/2011

The contact rented a 2011 Ford Escape. While the contact was driving less than 20 mph approaching an intersection an opposing vehicle suddenly crashed into the front end of the contacts vehicle causing a head on collision. The contact sustained injuries to the shoulder, chest, and to the left arm and leg. The air bags failed to deploy. The seat belt unlatched from the buckle mechanism during the crash. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed and was towed to an impound facility. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 75.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 26
Failure Date: 05/03/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. When the vehicle was purchased, the contact stated that he noticed tape wrapped around the seat belt latch, located in the rear of the vehicle. The seat belt metal latch was loose and there was also a crack in the metal latch. The dealer made the contact aware that the tape was cosmetic and denied any assistance with repair. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repair to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 69,692.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 27
Failure Date: 04/19/2011

2009 Ford Escape - driver's seat belt malfunction and locked in closed position. Cannot re-latch. Ford dealer in galveston, texas not responding to repeated request to schedule to have it repaired. Dealer says they do not have the part. . . . ?.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 28
Failure Date: 10/15/2010

Passenger seat belt locked arbitrarily. The only way to release seat belt was to unbuckle and allow seat belt to fully retract. Took vehicle to dealership on (3) occasions to have seat belt replaced, problem continued. Took vehicle to 3rd party and had seat belt replaced and problem is now resolved. Original seat belt was defective and in the case of an accident, persons sitting in the passenger seat would have been injured or killed. Ford refused to honor factory warranty and repair problem.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 29
Failure Date: 06/03/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 35 mph, a passenger seated in the front passenger seat informed him that they could not move because the seat belt retractor was locked. In order to get the seat belt to operate normally it had to be unbuckled. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure could not be diagnosed; it was not repaired. The failure continued intermittently. The failure mileage was approximately 17,000 and the current mileage was approximately 21,000. Updated 01/18/11 updated 01/31/11.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 30
Failure Date: 02/25/2010

1. The rear passenger seat belt was not retracting the way it should when my son would unbuckle from his booster seat. I would have to feed the belt through to have it retract. 2. It happened every time we unbuckled his seat. 3. We switched his seat with my daughter's, as she is still in a car seat and is latched to the car itself, and was not using her seat belt. We called Ford and it was no longer under warranty and they recommended that we get the part fixed through them because if it fails again, it will be under warranty. It cost us $223 to have his seat belt replaced. I asked Ford to check the other seat belt, on the driver's side (back seat) and they agreed that one has to be replaced too, because it too retracts slowly and catches when trying to buckle it. We didn't know that it wasn't right, until we moved our son to that side. Again, we don't use the seat belt because of the latch system on our daughter's car seat. It will cost us another $223 to have that one fixed too. We are going to wait until we have to move our daughter to a booster before having it fixed. But we find it interesting that both rear seat belts need to be replaced and when for the majority of the time we've owned the car, the 2 car seats were latched in and we didn't use the seat belts.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 31
Failure Date: 08/01/2009

The front side harness seatbelt fell apart. Only the lap belt restraint works now. I was driving down the road, noticed the harness felt very loose, once arrived at my destination, went to unfastened the seat belt and it fell apart in my hands, the ends are frailty like it became unsewn. It appears to have come unraveled. I was told by the dealership that this was not under warranty and would cost around $300 to repair.

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car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 32
Failure Date: 12/10/2008

Rear center seat belt retractor seizes in fully retracted position, precluding center seat passenger from securing seatbelt.

car image   Seat Belt problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 33
Failure Date: 04/01/2008

Airbag light flashes and then stays on. Warning code is 46. Took vehicle into Ford dealership to fix this approximately 4 years ago. Not sure what service was performed, but the issue was never fixed. Light went on again a year later and has gone on and off for years. Due to time and cost , could not bring vehicle in for repair a second time. Was recently told by Ford service rep that I would probably pay $400 to fix. May be seatbelt pretensioner. Was informed that airbags would not deploy if this was not fixed. This is a known issue and there was a TSB (technical service bulletin)regarding this issue. In my research I found that there are many Ford Escape owners having the same problem. Due to the high cost to repair, and with so many people out of work, many consumers may not have this work done, which is a safety hazard. To date, I am not able to pay for this repair. Due to safety issue this poses there should be a recall for this.


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