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Ford recalls 50k Transit vans to fix rear seatbelt buckles


The Basics: Ford is recalling 48,990 examples of the 2015-16 Transit built between February 13, 2014, and January 13, 2016, and equipped with rear passenger seats.

The Problem: A heavy object could damage the rear seatbelt buckle and prevent it from holding the belt in place.

Injuries/Deaths: None reported.

The fix: Depending on the location of the seatbelt buckle in the vehicle, Ford will either replace or modify the necessary components once the replacement parts are available.

If you own one: Expect to hear from the manufacturer sometime this month to arrange bringing in your vehicle to have the recalled components addressed. Show full PR text RECALL Subject : Rear Seat Belt Buckle may not Latch
Report Receipt Date: FEB 25, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V111000
Component(s): SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 48,990
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Transit vehicles manufactured February 13, 2014, to January 13, 2016 and equipped with rear passenger seats. The rear seat belt buckles may be damaged if a heavy object is placed on, or impacts, the top of the buckle. The damage may prevent the buckle from latching or from remaining latched.

CONSEQUENCE:
An unlatched seat belt increases the risk of injury to the occupant in the event of a crash.

REMEDY:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify or replace the seat belt buckles, depending on their location in the vehicle, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Owners will be notified of the recall March 14, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S06.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. Source

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