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: 80,239 (10,300–215,000)
12 model years affected: 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
66 people reported this problem
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I too have the airbag light on. I counted the flashes and it is code 33.
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.
Air bag light blinks and then stays on. Blinks appear to be 33 Just noticed it, no fix to date.
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.
2 of my 2005 Grand Marquis' seat belt buckles have failed.
Driver's seat buckle spring failed. Won't lock belt.
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.
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.
air Bag light stays on all the time never fixed
spring failed on the seat belt buckel on my grand marquis
Air bag light on, some beaping. Dealer says it's the seat belt assembly, will cost about, $500.00 to fix.
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.
Front seat belt light stays on. Issues a 5 bell signal, 5 times then goes off; does this every 30 minutes.
Airbag light comes on, chimes operate 5 times X 5 times, 25 times in all, everytime you start the engine!
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.
Seat belt buckler button is loose so seat belt will not stay
rt seat belt light stays on no beep or chime just stays on
air bag light illuminated
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.
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