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Recall 98V198000

Ford Recalls 1998-1999 Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles for Seat Belt Buckle Anchor Issue

Body, Interior & Misc., September 4, 1998
Affected Cars

Mercury

RepairPal Expert Overview

Summary:

Ford has recalled certain 1998-1999 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the front seat belt buckle attaching stud. On some vehicles, the attaching stud could develop cracks due to manufacturing issues. If cracked, the belt may become detached and not properly protect vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the seat belt buckle mounting bracket and stud assembly.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: September 4, 1998

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 98V198000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL SEAT TRACKS. THE FRONT SEAT BELT BUCKLE ATTACHING STUD MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY HEAT TREATED. THIS HEAT TREATMENT MAY HAVE RESULTED IN CRACKS DEVELOPING IN THE STUD.

Consequence: IF THE STUD IS CRACKED, IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE OCCUPANT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SEAT BELT BUCKLE MOUNTING BRACKET AND STUD ASSEMBLY.

Notes: OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 4, 1998.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.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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