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Passenger seat belt is locked, unable to provide slack

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  • angellware1 Feb 13, 2009

    I have already replaced 1 on my 2001 sable wagon now I have 2 more broken and they are expensive to replace there has to be a cure

  • appljax776 Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem too.... I have spent time on the phone and email with Ford..They don't care.. All kinds of seatbelts of theirs have been recalled,,, just not my year 1996. My next car is going to be a Honda

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You will need to replace the belt, the inertia lock mechanism is jammed.

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Section 01-20A: Restraints, Active 1999 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION Safety Belt, Lap/Shoulder The dual locking mode retractor on the shoulder belt portion of the combination lap/shoulder safety belt for the front seat passenger and rear seat outboard passengers operates in two ways:
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  1. When the combination lap/shoulder belt is unbuckled and allowed to retract completely, the retractor will switch to the vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode.
sxh~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS SHOULD NEVER BE PLACED IN THE FRONT SEATS.
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