NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1995 Ford Ranger

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1995 Ford Ranger, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02011

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: July 02, 2002
    • Date Closed: May 21, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary: ODI received 18 consumer complaints and Ford identified another four reports associated with the alleged defect.most of the complaints indicate inability to latch the driver seat belt buckle caused by a broken latch release spring.none of these 22 reports resulted in any injuries or crashes.no complaints have been received in the past 6 months.Ford conducted life-cycle testing on 6 field sample buckle assemblies.the results of that testing demonstrated that the tested buckle assemblies could be expected to operate properly beyond the expected life of the vehicle.based on the limited number of reports and complaints received, and a declining complaint trend, this investigation is closed.a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect exist does not exist.the Agency will take further action if warranted by the circumstances.see additional information

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