Seat Belts:Front:Buckle Assembly

Under recall campaign (01V227), Ford recalled approximately 1.3 million vehicles to inspect and if necessary replace the front driver and/or passenger seat belt buckle.approximately 1.1 million owners responded by taking their vehicles to a dealer for inspection of the buckle using a specialized buckle test tool.Ford reported that 829,927 vehicles had both buckles pass the tool test and another 167,336 vehicles had one buckle pass.ODI and Ford received complaints alleging seat belt buckle failure shortly after passing the original recall inspection service.complainants alleged that the buckle failed by either not latching or false-latching (partial engagement of the latch to the latch plate).a false-latched buckle may release with minor movement or impact against the buckle housing including inadvertent release while the vehicle is in motion.ODI is upgrading this recall query to an engineering analysis (EA05-004) to further analyze the field performance of those vehicles that Ford dealers passed (one or both buckles) using Ford's inspection test (997,263 vehicles).
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Date Opened
OCT 22, 2004
Date Closed
FEB 17, 2005
NHTSA Recall #
No recall issued
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