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October 6, 2001

Ford Motor Company Recalls Thirteen 2001 Vehicle Models

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting  Ford Motor Company models.

Models:
Ford Crown Victoria Year: 2001
Ford Excursion Year: 2001
Ford Expedition Year: 2001
Ford F150 Year: 2001
Ford F250 Year: 2001
Ford F350 Year: 2001
Ford F450 Year: 2001
Ford F550 Year: 2001
Ford Windstar Year: 2001
Ford Ranger Year: 2001
Mercury Grand Marquis Year: 2001
Lincoln Town Car Year: 2001
Lincoln Navigator Year: 2001

Number involved:
1,400,000

Defect:
On certain 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 outboard front passenger's seat belt buckle may not fully latch. 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. The vehicles equipped with these belts include Ford Crown Victorias 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 trucks built at the Norfolk Plant from 4/18/00 - 5/25/00, at the Ontario Plant from 5/10/00 - 5/28/01, at the Kansas City Plant from 9/11/99 - 5/25/01, and at the 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 the Cuautitlan Plant from 5/16/00 - 6/19/01; Ford Excursions built at Kentucky Plant from 4/17/00 - 10/2/00; and Ford Expeditions built at Michigan Truck Plant from 4/11/00 - 5/31/01.

Remedy:
Dealers will inspect the front outboard seat belt buckles. If a buckle fails the inspection process, it will be replaced. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on July 25, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

[NHTSA Recall No. 01V227001/Ford Recall No. 01S21]

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
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 about?

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