hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
158,000 miles

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problem #1

Nov 192014


  • 158,000 miles
12/6/2014 @ 18:20 C.S.T. to whom it may concern, (hopefully a supervisor or director) the drivers side seat belt floor clasp fails. I releases the seat belt while driving. After two or three times of re-hooking the seat-belt to the hold down clasp bolted through floor board of the vehicle, it will no longer accept and hold the seat belt in place. This has happened to both of my vehicles, the 1993 occurred at appx. 190,000 miles and when I contacted Ford about this safety issue and failure of the seat belt to remain clasped, they simply said, it is an older vehicle and you have to purchase the entire seat belt assembly for over $500...[xxx]. this is a safety issue...and Ford needs to replace the hold down clasp which is bolted through the floor board free of charge. Labor and part free. If I had been attempting to avoid an accident or was in an accident and that belt let loose, I might be dead. This should never happen. My 1976 Ford torino never had this problem, nor the other vehicles referenced, nor any other vehicle I have ever owned. This is a safety and driver safety which needs to be addressed, and no matter the age of the vehicle, it is a safety feature mandated by all states motor vehicle laws to be engaged at all times while driving. If the item is defective by design, and as in my case, it arbitrarily and without notice of its imminent failure, fails with no pressure on it, it needs to be a recalled item. I also suspect that Ford is still purchasing from the same supplier and if this is true, then all subsequent seat belt hold down clasps will fail likewise at the 6 - 9 year range, without notice and expose Ford to wrongful death suits due to mechanical defects in those seat belt hold down clasps. I am cutting and pasting a copy of this formal complaint so that I have a record of its submission today December 6, 2014 @ 18:20 C.S.T. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hammond, IN, USA