January 23, 2001
2001 Mercury Villager Automobiles Recalled
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 2001
Mercury Villager automobile. The affected models were manufactured between September
and October 2000.
On certain minivans, the plastic trim
cover around the base of the front seat safety belt buckle may become trapped between the
shoulder of the restraint anchorage bolt and the seat pedestal.
This could eventually allow the seat belt buckle
bolt to loosen and, in the event of a crash, the occupant seated in that location may not
be adequately restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury.
2,500 automobiles are affected by this recall.
Dealers will inspect the seat belt buckle assembly
attachment. Some belt buckle assemblies may require replacement.
The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification began on Nov. 20, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a
reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 00V338001/Ford
Recall No. 00S36]
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when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
How many did you hear
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