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Ford Thunderbird Recalls

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Recall Date Problem Area Recall Text
04/04/05 Engine On certain passenger vehicles, the fuel tank may have a localized thin wall section in the lower half of the tank. the fuel tank may crack creating a potential for a fuel leak and fuel odor. the "service engine soon" indicator may illuminate.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Dealers will replace the fuel tank free of charge. the recall began on april 4, 2005. owners may contact ford at 1-800-392-3673, lincoln at 1-800-521-4140.

Ford recall no. 05s29.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
07/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning Certain passenger vehicles equipped with power adjustable seats may have been inadequately welded.

The seat may not perform as intended during a crash which could increase the risk of injury.

Dealers will replace the upper support assembly on the power seats. the recall began on july 20, 2004. owners should contact ford at 1-800-392-3673.

customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
06/21/02 Other On certain passenger vehicles, the driver's side seat belt contacted the seat recliner during a 35 mph ncap full-frontal barrier impact test.

The edge of the recliner mechanism caused a partial cut in the lap portion of the webbing. if the webbing is cut, it increases the risk of injury in a crash.

Dealers will install an insert behind the driver side seat lower trim panel. owner notification began june 21, 2002. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

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Ford Thunderbird Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.