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Front Seat Recliner Problems of Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger owners have reported 13 problems related to front seat recliner (under the seats category).

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 1
Failure Date: 09/14/2013

Sat down in truck, seat broke away and I fell backward, noted 2 broken bolts in floor, one left side one right side,both bolts appear to have freshly broken. Removed seat to see the bolts were from the recliner assembly, removed the threaded part from the frame, the threads appeared to be approximately 1/4 inch, ordered bolts from Ford and replaced the bolts Ford part number f87z-1060108-bb, price approximately $40. 00, upon picking up bolts advised no charge. I have mild back strain from the initial fall backward. Please note: I am not concerned about my incident, my concern is if I had been driving what would have happened, and the number of vehicles which have the exact seat and possible defective bolts, it appears to be a design flaw, such small bolts, I will gladly forward the bolts removed upon request.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 2
Failure Date: 01/20/2012

Driver's side seat recliner retention bolt heads sheared off while driving, causing driver's side seat to fall back against back wall of truck cab. Accident narrowly avoided as hands momentarily came off of steering wheel; fortunately, truck was not an extended cab version so control was regained quickly. 1st bolt probably had broken off some time in the past, (date unknown); 2nd bolt head broke on date indicated. Ford issued recall 03s04s1 in 2006 for this same problem in the 1998 - 2001 explorer; however, Ford states recall 03s04s1 does not cover Ranger even though there is evidence the same seat design and bolts are used in both models. Other recalls have also been issued for recliner problems in Ford SUV's (see recall 03v281000) in this same model year 2000 timeframe.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 3
Failure Date: 08/22/2007

Bolt in drivers side seat sheered into 3 pieces causing the back of the seat to fall back rapidly while I was driving.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 4
Failure Date: 06/14/2007

The two rods that hold the foam in the back of the driver's seat broke. They just snapped into two pieces. If the vehicle is involved in an accident, the seat will not support the drives back or hold them from getting pushed into the outer seat frame.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 5
Failure Date: 11/06/2006

: the contact stated while sitting in the vehicle, the back of the seat fell backward. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined the recliner mechanism needed to be replaced. Updated 12/05/06.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2002 Ford Ranger 6
Failure Date: 05/26/2004

Consumer complained that the front passenger seat rattled while driving at any speed, and when the seat was not being occupied. Vehicle had been to the dealer on three occasions. They replaced the seat tracks, but problem recurred.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 7
Failure Date: 04/18/2002

Driver seat support is defective. At least two wire supports (diameter of a clothes hanger) in the driver chair (back rest) have snapped and are piercing through the back of the chair. Possible defective metal. If more wires supports break this may cause the driver to fall throught the seat causing an accident. I weigh 155 pounds and the first break may have happened approximately 2 years ago with a popping noise (which unknowingly was inside the chair). One support wire has completely broke and fell out of the back of the chair, the other is piecing the back of the chair. Ford was contacted today and their response was no further action or replacement of the part.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1997 Ford Ranger 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2001

Seatbelt latch will not hold securely on drivers side. Called elyria Ford and Ford customer service, but was advised they would do nothing unless their was a recall. Upon checksing I see that other Ford vehicles have been recalled for seatbelt defects.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1999 Ford Ranger 9
Failure Date: 09/01/2001

Seatback makes popping noises. Seatback seems like it's giving away, and wires are coming through the seat. Consumer filled out a form at dealer, but manufacturer will not help pay for repairs dealer never looked at the seat.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1997 Ford Ranger 10
Failure Date: 12/20/1999

I entered the vehicle and sat in the drivers seat. As I was about to drive, the seatback collapsed into the rear, and would not relatched I have an extended cap so the seat fell all the way back to the rear floor and would not stay upright. I took it to the dealer and they stated the frame of the seat broke and that I need a new seat. I am waiting for an estimated cost from them. They also state this is not covered by the extnded warranty. I am unable to drive the vehicle until this is fixed. I only weight 170 lbs so I dont give the seat any unusual amount of stress.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1997 Ford Ranger 11
Failure Date: 06/10/1999

Brakes lock up and truck will skid no matter what speed, truck becomes uncontrollable. Windshield wipers will come on and spray during some left turns, for no apparant reason. This causes the inability to see. When brakes are applied(and truck goes nuts)the passenger front seat launches forward even though it is locked into position. One incident was I was making a left turn onto a busy street when my wipers came on and sprayed fluid all over, I tried to apply my brakes and the tires locked up and truck started to skid, and the seat holding my infant son's car seat was thrown forward into the dash. I was traveling maybe 4-6 mph. Some one is going to get killed in this vehicle. I contacted Ford and they say I have no recourse and have never heard of such things happening with thier vehicles. I have had the brakes inspected and I am told that they look fine, and there is no problem with the abs dummy light coming on in the vehicle. Please, please can you make Ford do something about this? I noticed that there are a lot of similar complaints with this truck posted here on NHTSA's site. Thank you.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 12
Failure Date: 07/01/1998

Passenger seat recliner bar broke off.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1996 Ford Ranger 13
Failure Date: 11/15/1996

Seat latch broke while vehicle was in a rear end crash. The seat latch broke on two separate accidents. On both occassions, the seat fully reclined in the horizontal position,locking in place. Between the first and second accidents, the seat mechanism was replaced.

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