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Front Seat Recliner Problems of Ford Mustang



Ford Mustang owners have reported 14 problems related to front seat recliner (under the seats category).

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Mustang 1
Failure Date: 10/01/2004

While driving seat back bolt broke, laying the consumer completely down. Consumer was very concerned. * tc.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Mustang 2
Failure Date: 09/04/2004

During acceleration going up hill the driver side seat broke, cousing me to almost loos controll of the vehical. The top part of the seat is secured with only one bolt witch snaped, allowing the top half (back support) of the seat to fold completely back words on to the back seat. I wheigh about 180 lb, if there was some on in the back they may have been hurt, and I had to rely on holding the steering wheel to prevent me from falling back. To repair I had to drill the remaing half of the bolt out, and then rethred the whole, and insert a new bolt.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1999 Ford Mustang 3
Failure Date: 08/10/2004

The incident occurred while driving on my way to work, about a block away from my residence. The seat back just unexpectedly fell to a full recline against the back seat. I was able to drive the car back to my residence so I could evaluate what had happened. I tried to visually see if I could identify the problem by trying to reposition the seat. I ended up removing the black plastic cover, which is fastened over the lever/latch assembly, to expose the internal mechanism of the lever/latch assembly on the reclining seat back. Upon removing the plastic cover, I was able to identify a loose bolt in the mechanism. I was able to pull the bolt out of the mechanism without unscrewing it. The bolt literally slid straight out. As I inspected the location where the bolt was supposed to fasten into, I noticed that there was still a remaining portion of the bolt left in the mechanism. The bolt, which fastens the latch/lever system of the reclining (seat back) portion of the front driver's seat, essentially sheared in half. This caused the reclining (seat back) portion of the front driver's seat to fall away from its upright position. Without the bolt fastened into the latch/lever assembly which allows driver to manipulate position of seat back the seat back is not able to be positioned upright, ultimately making driving impossible. Basically, the seat back swivels loosely from the steering wheel to the back seat and cannot be set securely in an upright drivable position. The bolt in question is a m10 with 1. 5mm pitch (metric 10), which is close in size to a 3/8 standard bolt. I have only owned the car for 5 years and 4 months (I purchased it in April of 1999). This is a serious problem that could have resulted in serious injury and or death. The local rchased the vehicle would do nothing to help me remedy this problem and did nothing to recognize the seriousness of this kind of failure. I was forced to fix the seat on my own.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2004 Ford Mustang 4
Failure Date: 07/19/2004

Consumer's vehicle was involved in a four cars rear end collision in which the driver's seat totally collapsed backward. Consumer sustained injuries, and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2000 Ford Mustang 5
Failure Date: 06/13/2004

While driving 60 mph, the drivers back seat broke. The consumer lost control, but was able regain control and pullled over. The broken bolt was replaced by the dealers. The consumer was informed that the Ford explorers were being recalled for the same bolt.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1999 Ford Mustang 6
Failure Date: 01/13/2004

While driving 5 mph driver's seat back broke and fell back.


car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1999 Ford Mustang 7
Failure Date: 10/24/2003

There was a serious malfunction in the drivers seat on my 1999 Ford Mustang gt that could have easily caused an accident. I was driving down the highway in las vegas returning from work when without any warning, the mechanism that holds the seat back up failed and the seat back fail back on the rear seat. Luckily, I had a firm grip on the steering wheel and was able to avoid an accident. I had never had problems with this seat before, and it was subject to normal wear and tear. When I contacted Ford, they said that it was not their problem. Was out of warranty so they would not do anything about it. I am very concerned that such a failure could easily result in a loss of control of another Mustang with a similar seat, resulting in injuries and fatilities.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1999 Ford Mustang 8
Failure Date: 07/23/2002

While driving screws pop out of seat, causing seat to lean back about 4 inches, making it hard to reach pedal.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2001 Ford Mustang 9
Failure Date: 07/16/2002

Consumer was involved in a collision. Was hit from the rear by another vehicle travelling 40mph. Both driver's and passenger's seats snapped all the way back to the reclined position. *akjlg.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2001 Ford Mustang 10
Failure Date: 11/12/2001

Vehicle was rearended and front driver's side seat broke and fell backwards. Bracket that holds seat broke. When seat fell backward it injured a child in back seat. Damage was on right rear side of vehicle. Had not contacted dealer.


 
car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1998 Ford Mustang 11
Failure Date: 09/18/2001

While consumer was waiting at a stop light drivers side seatback collasped.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1998 Ford Mustang 12
Failure Date: 09/05/2001

I was struck from the rear on the left corner while in the center lane of I-435 right before an exit. . Diferential speed of approx. 25 mph. The seat slid back on the tracks and the seat back failed leaving me looking at the ceiling. My feet no longer reached the pedals and my hands barely reached the steering wheel. The car went across 2 lanes of trafic into a ditch and partially up an embankment. Had the seat not failed I would have been able to control the car and stayed on the road. The damage estimate showed $3000 of the total $5000 to be in the front end ! I was almost hit by an 18 wheeler or similar sized truck as I was crossing the two lanes of traffic toward the ditch. As this was a divided interstate I could have been thrown the other way across the median into oncomming traffic. (luckily we have a cable barier system in place. ) the point is, loss of control over a rear end collision because the drivers seat fails is not acceptable.

car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 1997 Ford Mustang 13
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

Driver's seatback broke as result of rear end collison.

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car image   Front Seat Recliner problem of the 2003 Ford Mustang 14

While applying the brakes consumer noticed that the seat moved forward. Driver's seat shook while applying the brakes. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and did not resolve the problem.

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