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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Lincoln Continental Years: 1989-1990

Number Involved: 63,400
Dates of Manufacture: March 1989 - March 1990
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V174 Ford Campaign No. 97S87
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The front outboard seating position seat belt buckles can fail to latch or unlatch.
Consequence of Defect: These conditions could reduce seat belt usage, increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the front outboard seat belt buckle assembly.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during November 1997.
Note: 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.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.