Airbag Light Due to Failed Spring in Seat Belt Buckle on Mercury Grand Marquis

A spring in the seat belt buckle may wear or fail, causing the airbag light on the instrument panel to illuminate. Failed buckles will require replacement.

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Average mileage: 78,287 (10,300–215,000)
13 model years affected: 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 99,685 mi,
I too have the airbag light on. I counted the flashes and it is code 33.
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 36,000 mi,
seatbelt airbag light on - dealer replaced pretensioner ~ $60 but light and beep continued - ran another check - whole seatbelt assembly had to be replaced - part $356 labor $254 (3 hours) 1st and hopefully only big issue I have had with this car.
2007 Mercury Grand Marquis 90,000 mi,
Air bag light blinks and then stays on. Blinks appear to be 33 Just noticed it, no fix to date.
1991 Mercury Grand Marquis 196,800 mi,
Driver's seat buckle spring failed. Won't lock belt.
air bag light on. ford replaced driver side seat belt and then the light came on again and ford said the passenger side seat belt also had to be replaced. I refused the repair and since the seat belt works ok will forget about the air bag if it depends on a buckle spring. Have driven for over 70 years and have never had a head on collision. Have only a few more years left to drive.
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis 106,500 mi,
2 of my 2005 Grand Marquis' seat belt buckles have failed.
Ford dealer wants $672+ to replace driver side seatbelt. I refused the fix. Hopefully airbag will still go off if car is in an accident (especially if someone is in passenger seat). I think this should be a recall issue especially since there is no reason to believe that if fixed the other seatbelt might have same problem.
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis 30,000 mi,
I had a problem with my air bag light on the instrument panel staying on all the time. I went to my garage and they had to replace both the right and left side belts. My car only has 30,000 miles on it and it does not seem as if this should have occurred for this short time.
2007 Mercury Grand Marquis 41,000 mi,
spring failed on the seat belt buckel on my grand marquis
2003 Mercury Grand Marquis 19,000 mi,
air Bag light stays on all the time never fixed
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 68,000 mi,
Air bag light on, some beaping. Dealer says it's the seat belt assembly, will cost about, $500.00 to fix.
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 10,300 mi,
Air bag light comes on when car is started. Blinks 3 times, hesitates about 2 seconds, then blinks 3 more times indicating a 2006 Mercury Marquis code of 33. Cannot find out how to fix it but based on what I read, the dealership wants between $500-$700 to fix. Apparently it is the spring in the latch that has malfunctioned, whatever that means. Both front seat belts click and I never used the back seat belts so I think fixing this is simply a waste of money. At 60 years old, I am confident I will not be speeding enough for which my airbag will deploy but there also is the case of myself being hit by someone else. But $700, not for this retiree. Money is scarce when retired. Obamacare has depleted my monthly check.
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 50,000 mi,
Airbag light comes on, chimes operate 5 times X 5 times, 25 times in all, everytime you start the engine!
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 90,500 mi,
Air bag light blinks then stays on. Also it is accompanied with a beeping warning sound. Beeping is repeated every 45 minutes or so. I sure as hell won't pay 700. Dollars to fix it.
2008 Mercury Grand Marquis 90,000 mi,
It all started when I was trying to put my seat belt on. Didn't want to click. Goes half way. But impossible to go all the way down. I found out the spring ( that keep the pastic tab between two latching parts apart in order receive the belt handle). Was broken. Coincidently the air bag light in the cluster came on. Had to replace the buckle assy.
seat belt light blinks than stays on
1995 Mercury Grand Marquis 27,000 mi,
air bag light illuminated
2004 Mercury Grand Marquis 140,005 mi,
It comes on sometimes when I start it up now and it just started doing this after I had the manifold replaced then the headlights now that and I'm also having problems w my front breaks the calipers seem to be pushing themselves towards the center of my rims making a flat or lose tire sound. I just had new breaks and rotours put on the whole way around my car. And new tires and even went as far as getting a new rim w a new tire just for the chance it may have been my rim. I just don't understand what is going on with my car. I also had to deal with my air-conditioning unit about 3years ago and still have issues with that. I honestly feel once one of the bad parts(that they passed as good on these cars which is a lot) fail in these horribly put together cars all the recalls start going wrong with the car. Ford really needs to just recall everyone of these cars. They messed up a good brand of car starting with it coming off the factory line being to low to the ground to the bad metal and paint that was just throwin on the car.
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 99,458 mi,
Seatbelt/airbag light and beeper comes on when car is started. Beeps 25 times, light stays on continuously. After about 30 minutes beeper starts again for 25 beeps. The beeping is annoying but the repair cost thru the dealer will be about $700. I guess the allotted number of deaths due to this malfunction hasn't been met yet to warrant a recall.
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis 159,000 mi,
seat belt will not buckle. Female end has failed.