Federal safety standards mandate how easy it should be for drivers and passengers to reach over their shoulders and grab the seat belt, on the theory that people will be less likely to use their seat belts if they’re harder to reach. When examining a Bronco, federal safety officials found that its seat belts didn’t meet the standard.
Ford dealers will fix the problem by installing a sliding clip latch stop — Ford likens it to a hair barrette in what must be a first in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official correspondence — keeping the belts in easier reach.
As with all recalls, the repair is free.
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