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June 18, 2002

Ford Is Reported to Have Recalled Thunderbirds

(SafetyAlerts) -  Ford Motor Co. is reported to have recalled 16,500 Thunderbirds because of a seat belt safety concern, the automaker said Friday.

Ford is reported to have said it ordered the voluntary recall because the driver seat belt was found to be partially cut after a 2002 Thunderbird was subjected to a 35 mph frontal impact test into a solid barrier.

The automaker has not received any customer reports of the partial cuts occurring. It will begin sending letters to customers next week with instructions on when to take their cars to dealerships.

Customers will not be charged for the modification. Cars built after April 24, 2002, are not affected.

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 
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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