NHTSA Recall 01V227001

 

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

  • FORD / CROWN VICTORIA 2001
  • FORD / EXCURSION 2001
  • FORD / EXPEDITION 2001
  • FORD / F-150 2001
  • FORD / F-250 2001
  • FORD / F-350 2001
  • FORD / F-450 SD 2001
  • FORD / F-550 SD 2001
  • FORD / RANGER 2001
  • FORD / WINDSTAR 2001
  • LINCOLN / NAVIGATOR 2001
  • LINCOLN / TOWN CAR 2001
  • MERCURY / GRAND MARQUIS 2001

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Report Receipt Date: JUL 16, 2001

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V227001 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEAT BELTS: FRONT: BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,400,000

Summary:

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, PICKUP TRUCKS, AND MINIVANS. EQUIPPED WITH SEAT BELTS SUPPLIED BY TRW. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE DRIVER’S AND/OR FRONT PASSENGER’S OUTBOARD SEAT BELT BUCKLE MAY NOT FULLY LATCH. FORD CROWN VICTORIA BUILT AT ST. THOMAS ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 – 5/29/01 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS BUILT AT ST. THOMAS ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 – 5/29/01. LINCOLN TOWN CARS BUILT AT WIXOM ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 3/27/00 – 5/30/01. LINCOLN NAVIGATORS BUILT AT MICHIGAN TRUCK PLANT FROM 4/11/00 – 5/31/01. FORD WINDSTARS BUILT AT OAKVILLE ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 3/23/00 – 5/30/01. FORD RANGERS BUILT AT TWIN CITIES PLANT FROM 3/28/00 – 5/30/01, AND ALSO AT THE EDISON PLANT FROM 3/13/00 – 5/25/01. FORD F-150 TRUCK BUILT AT NORFOLK PLANT FROM 4/18/00 – 5/25/00; AT ONTARIO PLANT FROM 5/10/00 – 5/28/01; AT KANSAS CITY PLANT FROM 9/11/99 – 5/25/01; AND AT CUAUTITLAN PLANT FROM 5/16/00 – 6/9/01. FORD SUPER DUTY F-250, F-350, F-450, AND F-550 TRUCKS BUILT AT KENTUCKY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 – 5/27/01; AND AT CUAUTITLAN PLANT FROM 5/16/00 – 6/19/01. FORD EXCURSIONS BUILT AT KENTUCKY PLANT FROM 4/17/00 – 10/2/00. FORD EXPEDITIONS BUILT AT MICHIGAN TRUCK PLANT FROM 4/11/00 – 5/31/01.

Consequence:

IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE RESTRAINT SYSTEM MAY NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE OCCUPANT PROTECTION, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT OUTBOARD SEAT BELT BUCKLES AND IF THE BUCKLE FAILS THE INSPECTION PROCESS, IT WILL BE REPLACED. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 25, 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 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:

ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).