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Ford Taurus Recall 01V144000

Ford Recalls 2001 Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles for Seat Belt Buckle Issues

Body, Interior & Misc., May 4, 2001

RepairPal Expert Overview

Summary:

Ford has recalled certain 2001 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the front seat belt buckles. At times, they may not release the tongue of the seat belt nor latch it appropriately. This could compromise safety to the occupant in a crash. Dealers will replace the front seat belt buckles.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2001

Manufacturer's Report Date: May 4, 2001

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V144000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,567

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER CARS. THE SEAT BELT BUCKLE TONGUE MAY NOT FULLY EJECT FROM THE BUCKLE ASSEMBLY WHEN THE RELEASE BUTTON IS PUSHED SLOWLY. THIS CONDITION COULD ALSO RESULT IN A PARTIAL LATCH OF THE TONGUE IN THE BUCKLE.

Consequence: IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE VEHICLE OCCUPANT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER AND RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SEAT BELT BUCKLES. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 4, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.

Notes: ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION=S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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