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Air Bag On-off Switch Problems of Ford Ranger



Ford Ranger owners have reported 13 problems related to air bag on-off switch (under the air bag category).

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 1
Failure Date: 10/17/2013

The srs passenger airbag on/off switch has a lightbulb that is hard wired into the board inside the switch module. It has a relatively short life span, and when the bulb burns out is causes the module to deactivate the srs airbags in both the driver's side and the passengers side. This causes the occupant(s) to be unprotected as the airbags cannot deploy in the event of a collision. This is the 2nd occurrence of this in my vehicle in the last 4 years, and from what I have been able to glean in online research, this is a "known" problem. . . And no doubt one that Ford motor company is aware of, or should be aware of the existence of the problem, as I personally have reported this to Ford motor company. Ford motor company's willful neglect to remedy this situation by not changing the switch to allow for the easy and inexpensive replacement of a $1. 00 led lightbulb to allow either the owner of the vehicle or a qualified automobile mechanic with the capabilities of testing for the continuity of the device is being done for the greed of the bottom line, and their total lack of care for the safety of the vehicle occupant(s). I have personally placed a call, and left a voice message on 10/29/13, for [xxx], Ford motor company's general counsel, to call me to discuss the issue, without the decency of a return call in over 24 hours. In the event that Ford motor company does not acknowledge this defect as a major safety defect. . . Which to correct each time costs the owner of the vehicle somewhere in the neighborhood of $150. 00 to $200. 00 for the replacement "oem" part and labor, and also does not reimburse me for these (2) expenses, I will file a suit in u. S. Federal court for the northern district of new hampshire for the recovery of the actual, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the possibility of expanding this to be a "class" filing.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2004 Ford Ranger 2
Failure Date: 01/12/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. He stated that the passenger on and off switch remains in the on position and that it has failed. The light air bag light is illuminated on the dashboard; however, no one has turned the air bag switch on. The mechanic performed a diagnostic test and confirmed that the switch has failed. The contact stated that the air bags have also malfunctioned. The Ford manufacturer has been contacted and they stated that there were no related recalls for his year, make and model vehicle. Ford has also stated that the repair parts are not available. The failure continued to occur. The repairs will be done at the owners expense. The failure and current mileages were 60000. Updated 02/17/10.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 1999 Ford Ranger 3
Failure Date: 03/17/2009

On July 13, 2009 I wrote a letter to the claims dept regarding an investigation on an airbag fire due to an accident on a 1999 Ford Ranger. I received a response form a steve bardell on Aug. 20, 2009 that there were no open recalls for a speed control activation switch which were of no concern to the damage that occurred on our vehicle. I responded oct. 5, to please investigate this matter further for the safety of other customers and the fact that the driver's airbag did in fact catch on fire with the driver behind the wheel and to find out what caused this. I saw a recall on this morning's news but when I check the recall for the cruise control switch as stated, to find out what I needed to do to respond to this I noticed that this particular year of vehicle was not listed and definitely should be. Please! help on this matter. I am attaching pictures and the original letter for further investigation on my vehicle. . Thank you in advance for looking into this matter.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 4
Failure Date: 02/06/2007

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. The current mileage was 88000 and the failure mileage was 75000. The contact stated that the wire running to the airbag on & off switch kept blowing the fuse every time the gears were switched. This wire is also connected to the heater. The contact repaired the vehicle himself. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 5
Failure Date: 10/02/2005

The contact stated that someone was driving this vehicle and had an accident. The seat belt on the driver's side did not hold the contact back, and hit the steering wheel. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy until after driver hit steering wheel. He said the fuel safety cut off switch did not work because he could start the vehicle without hitting the circuit breaker. The contact was going about 35 mph, slid into a car at a green light. Dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted yet. The contact was injured. The police came and a report was taken. Vehicle was totaled. Updated 11/29/2005 - the seat belt did not properly restrain the consumer resulting in multiple breast contusions. The air bag deployed after the consumer's head had already hit the steering wheel.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 6
Failure Date: 07/27/2005

2001 Ford Ranger. There is an air bag on and off switch that came with the truck. It malfunction, and the dealer wanted to charge $400. 00 to check the wiring. The part will then be ordered by Ford. Consumer wanted to know it there were any recalls. Was told no recall. The air bag indicator light was blinking, and the owners manual said to call the dealership. Consumer called dealership, and that was when they said it would cost to have it checked. The service department said that he had seen at least 4 or 5 other vehicles with this same problem. Called manufacturer, and they were aware of the other vehicles that had the same problems.


car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 7
Failure Date: 07/01/2005

Srs light is always on now, may be due to using switch to turn off passenger airbag a couple of times or driving with it off. Now the alert light for the passenger doesn't light either. Other problem is engine knocking even though this 2000 Ranger has only 36,000 miles and has been babied on super premium gas. I feel that Fords tend to fail just out of warranty, these problems happened literally at the mark of 36,000 miles. Please investigate them!.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 1997 Ford Ranger 8
Failure Date: 02/01/2003

1997 Ford Ranger XLT extended cab. When I applied my brakes, instead of stopping at this "t" hwy intersection, I ran past it, and hit a 12" diameter tree head on. Ice on the road. I was wearing my seat belt. Neither the driver's side nor the passenger side air bags deployed. The indentation on the front bumper was over two feet deep. My head and right side of my body smashed against the steering wheel, and my I broke my left collar bone, fractured and bruised several ribs on my right side, broke my right foot heel bone, cut my nose, plus numerous other minor cuts, bruises and abrasions. After about 45 seconds, a huge ball of fire erupted from under the crumpled hood. I felt the sudden heat on my face, since the windshield was gone and there was a huge gap between the hood and the trucks body. A lady, an angel of god really, helped me out of the truck and into the back seat of her car. She drove about 100 yards to wait for the ambulance to arrive. Before we came to a stop, I heard the two front tires of my truck blow up. All I could see was a ball of fire burning about 20 feet high. Two things seem technically wrong: the air bags didn't deploy, and the fuel pump must have kept pumping fuel, for the fire to spread so rapidly and burn the front of the truck so very completely. This would seem to indicate the possible failure of the air bag crash sensors and the fuel pump safety cutoff switch. My tires were one month old michelins, so they weren't a factor. The truck was in excellent shape and it was carefully maintained and garaged. Everything worked on it and no malfunction indicator lights of any kind were on prior to the accident. I have very good maintenance records on it. I contacted Ford by telephone and via e-mail, to let them know of what I thought could be a potential component defect affecting others also. I also contacted their legal office via phone, and they never returned my call.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 9
Failure Date: 11/28/2002

Xlt, passenger air bag switch was in the off position, light was on showing it was off. Consumer hit a deer at 55 mph, passenger air bag deployed. 9 month old child was in safety seat on passenger side. Safety seat broke in half at impact, child's injuries unknown at this time. Damage to vehicle unknown as well. Ts.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2002 Ford Ranger 10
Failure Date: 09/30/2002

Labor day 2002 my 2002 Ford Ranger 2. 3 let me down. Approx. 4000 mile on it leaving sequim washington on hwy 101 going to port angeles washington, I was traveling 55 miles hour. All a sudden I smelt gas, then my Ranger started to spew out lots of black smoke. The motor quit and I pulled off thi hwy. It won't statr up. Called the dealer, they were just closing up time 4:30 pm labor day I sopke to a saleman, servide dept not working, no one to help me. I told the salesman I would go back and try to start it, if I got it stsrtid I would take it home. No help the Ranger was insured. I went back, after a few times I got it started. Black smoke waw coming out of the tail pipe. I revered the engine up and was able to drive it home in second and third gear maintaning 35 to 40 miles an hour. Gopt up the nex morning the Ranger would not start till I tried it several times. It did start and ran pretty goog but with ignition troubles. Traveling, motor running 1800 to 2800 rpm in 5th gear Ranger felt like it would shift up and doun. Timing was chaning. Some time engine woul shut down then come back on. Ford dealer can't fined any thing wrong. Approx 16000 miles later I took Ranger to a garage. There computer showed the engine woud drop two clynders now and then. Shut down and right back on. Took ignition print out to Ford dealer, they still say there is nothing wrong.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 1999 Ford Ranger 11
Failure Date: 04/19/2002

Off/on switch light of passenger airbag is off when airbag switch is in off position. Dash light of airbag is flashing, in a sequence 2 flashes, 7 flashes, and repeats 5 times, then stays on. Dealer has not inspected vehicle. The dealer found the probelm to be a wiring loom that failed or shorted out. Consumer was injured.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 1999 Ford Ranger 12
Failure Date: 10/09/1999

When truck was involved in a crash, the airbag on the passenger's side deployed, even though the airbag switch was turned off. Truck was totalled. The dealer / manufacturer were not aware of the problem. Please provide any further information.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 13
Failure Date: 09/20/1999

Truck came with factory installed on and off switch for passenger's side airbag which was turned off when it deployed during an accident.


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