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October 28, 2004

USA: Ford seat belt recall under review

Ford faces a US safety review of front-seat-belt failures on F-series pickups and other models that were part of a 2001 recall of 1.4 million vehicles.

By bcusack

Ford faces a US safety review of front-seat-belt failures on F-series pickups and other models that were part of a 2001 recall of 1.4 million vehicles.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it asked Ford for more information after receiving 20 complaints since the recall, including reports of two crashes with injuries. In 11 cases the belts failed after Ford dealers followed recall procedures and found no defects, the agency reportedly said in a statement. Nine complaints didn’t indicate whether recall steps were followed.

The report said the belts were made by the former TRW Inc., whose automotive safety unit is now TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. In addition to the 2001 F-series, the review includes 2001 Ford Crown Victoria sedans, Ford Windstar minivans, and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator sport-utility vehicles.

The Free Press noted that NHTSA’s request could lead to a second recall. The agency has asked automakers for more information to follow an earlier recall 11 times this year.

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