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Ford To Recall 515,000 Escort-Lynx For Seat Belt Problem

June 3, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ford Motor Co. has agreed to recall 515,000 1982-83 Escort and Mercury Lynx cars to correct rear seat belts that can twist and bind, the government said Monday.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokeswoman Roslyn Kaiser confirmed a report of the Ford recall first announced by the non-profit Center for Auto Safety.

The auto safety group said it was pleased that the recall had been initiated, but said another 250,000 1984-model Escort and Lynx cars should be recalled for the same problem. The seat belt design was not changed until midway through the 1984 production schedule, it said.

Ford has said the twisting seat belts did not affect protection in accidents but could cause them to bind when being retracted.