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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Mercury Sable Years: 1998-1999
Ford Taurus Years: 1998-1999


Number Involved: 7,000
Dates of Manufacture:July - August 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V198
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Passenger vehicles equipped with manual seat tracks. The front seat belt buckle attaching stud may have been improperly heat treated. This heat treatment may have resulted in cracks developing in the stud. If the stud is cracked, in the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the seat belt buckle mounting bracket and stud assembly.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Sept. 4, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

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.