|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Tuesday, December 2, 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF OCTOBER RECALLS
Ford Motor Company
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
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.