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Ford Contour Recall 95V228000

Body, Interior & Misc., December 27, 1995

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
December 27, 1995
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
229,500
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
95V228000
Component
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE

Summary
CRACKS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE FRONT SAFETY BELT OUTBOARD ANCHOR TABS DUE TO A COMBINATION OF HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OF THE TAB AND STRESS INTRODUCED DURING ATTACHMENT OF THE ANCHOR TAB TO THE SEAT FRAME. THIS DOES NOT CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES."
Consequence
CONSEQUENCE OF NON-COMPLIANCE: A FRACTURE OR SEPARATION IN THIS AREA WOULD REDUCE THE LOAD THAT THE ANCHOR AND THE FRONT SAFETY BELT ANCHORAGES COULD SUSTAIN, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY IN A VEHICLE COLLISOIN.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INSTALL AN ANCHOR TAB REINFORCEMENT OR REPLACEMENT OF THE COMPLETE FRONT SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY IF AN ANCHOR TAB IS FOUND TO HAVE FRACTURED.
Notes
SYSTEM: INTERIOR; RESTRAINT; BELT ANCHOR AND ATTACHMENT; FMVSS NO. 210.VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES.NOTE: A SMALL NUMBER OF VEHICLES BUILT AT THE CUAUTITLAN, MEXICO ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM SEPTEMBER 4 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8, 1995, ARE ALSO INCLUDED.NOTE: 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 1-800-424-9393.
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