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Ford products have a safety switch called an Inertia switch and it cuts the power off from going to the fuel pump. It is resettable with the push of a button on the switch.
The location of this switch varies even year to year. If you have an air suspension, they like to mount the 2 switches close together. Both would probably be in the trunk.
The other locations are behind the foot kick panels above the floor carpet or under the dash behind and below the glovebox.
You can go online and search the statement: 1996 thunderbird Inertia switch location.
They are meant to work by disengaging in a crash. A bump, trunklid slam, doorslam can activate it. If it activates once it does not mean it is defective or prone to do it again. The right vibration will trigger it.
If you're talking about the Inertia switch, the following may help:
Inertia Switch GENERAL INFORMATION
This switch shuts off the fuel pump in the event of a collision. Once the switch has been tripped, it must be reset manually in order to start the engine.
The inertia switch is located on the toe-board, to the right of the transmission hump, in the passenger-side footwell.