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2021-2023 Ford Bronco Recalled Over Seat Belt Access Issue

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021-2023 Ford Bronco models over a seat belt access issue.

The defect: in affected vehicles, the first-row seat belt latch plates may be difficult to access from their stowed position. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

The hazards: difficulty accessing the seat belt latches may result in occupants not wearing their seat belts, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Ford Bronco

Components: first-row seat belt latch plates

Affected vehicles: select 2021-2023 Ford Bronco four-door SUVs produced at the Michigan Assembly plant from September 23rd, 2020, to May 9th, 2023.

Number of vehicles affected: 175,550

The fix: dealers will add a sliding clip latch stop to the driver and front passenger seat belts, free of charge.

Ford Bronco

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on June 30th, 2023. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23C16.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 23C16
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. John

    Have yet to be unable to buckle seatbelt over 36,000 miles in my 21 Bronco. Have no clue why I would want afix to a non issue

  2. Ed

    For the same reason McDonald’s has to put a “caution, contents may be hot” on their coffee cups.
    Some tool will file a lawsuit.


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