Chrysler gives a lifetime warranty on safety-related repairs but only if they were the subject of a recall. I think most other manufacturers have similar procedures. The only other government requirement I'm aware of is the emissions system has to be covered for at least five years or 50,000 miles. Beyond that, the automotive industry is so bogged down already with ridiculous rules and regulations, you have to wonder how repair shops manage to stay in business when ONLY charging $100.00 per hour.
No manufacturer of any product is obligated to support it forever. You won't find a guard for a table saw that's 25 years old. We had seat belts in the '60s, and five-mile-per-hour bumpers in the '70s. No one is going to have parts for those systems. Ford is especially bad at making parts available for their cars that are as little as four or five years old. To further complicate the issue, your car is 25 years old, (one year less than my daily driver Grand Caravan). You aren't going to find any mechanics at any dealerships who are familiar with your seat belt system, and they tossed out the diagnostic equipment for it a long time ago. Dealers specialize in, and the mechanics get factory training in one to three-year-old vehicles. You're better off inquiring at a few independent repair shops. Those mechanics have to be familiar with every brand and every model for many years. The dealers won't save test equipment for a car they might see once in ten years. Independent shops DO have that stuff because they have more need for it.
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 AT 3:03 AM