Mercury Grand Marquis Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Mercury Grand Marquis Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 79,775 (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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Airbag light comes on, chimes operate 5 times X 5 times, 25 times in all, everytime you start the engine!
Air bag light blinks and then stays on. Blinks appear to be 33

Just noticed it, no fix to date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Same problem. One day the airbag dash light came on an 5 bells ring in each of 4-5 intervals at vehicle start -up and again every approx 30-35 miles traveled. (16-20 bell rings per episode)

Dealer said the diagnostic code was for blown airbag on front passenger, but airbag never fired? I had a minor accident about a year before the problem started, but the airbag never deployed then either?

This should be a recall. The dealer told me $800 to fix. There must be a cheaper solution?????
It is not fix. I took it to the Ford dealer, they charge me 79.95, and told me I need a driver seat belt kit, and it will cost a little over 700.00 to fix
Air bag light on, some beaping. Dealer says it's the seat belt assembly, will cost about, $500.00 to fix.
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.
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.
Airbag light stays on. Flashes code 33 indicating a problem in the seat belts. This problem was verified by Kinsel Ford Dealership in Beaumont, Texas. Cost $132.00 for report. Not fixed yet.I expect Ford to repair this problem at no cost to me.