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Ford Taurus Recall 01V144000

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

Recall Details

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.

Body, Interior & Misc., May 4, 2001

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
May 4, 2001
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
4,567
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
01V144000
Component
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

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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