How to Disable the Seat Belt Alarm in a Ford Escapeby Leonardo R. Grabkowski
Ford Escape models come with a standard seat belt alarm, called the Belt-Minder system. Ford allows its customers the option of disabling the seat belt alarm if desired, but Ford does not recommend doing so. Your seat belt should be worn at all times unless you have a medical clearance to go without it. Driving without your seat belt could result in a traffic ticket, and it can also increase your chance of injury in an accident.
Sit in the driver's seat of the Escape. Turn the engine off. Remove the key. Step on the parking brake pedal to set the parking brake. Unbuckle the seat belt.
Insert the key into the ignition. Turn it to the "On" position but do not crank the engine. Allow enough time for the seat belt light to shut off; this takes about 60 to 90 seconds.
Buckle then unbuckle the seat belt three times.
Look at the odometer. The warning light will come on again; then it will turn off. Immediately after it turns off, buckle and unbuckle the seat belt.
- "2010 Ford Escape Manual"; Ford Motor Company; 2009
- Re-enable the seat belt alarm by repeating the above procedure. Preforming the procedure, while the alarm is disabled, will reenable it.
Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.