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I was shopping today and I was pretty close to home so I forgot to put on my seatbelt ... the seatbelt light was on... but after about a minute it went off and the buzzer never warned me that I was not wearing the seabelt. Granted it took less than two minutes to get home.... Should it have buzzed... or it takes some more time to get it going?
 

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I dunno, it could be just an insufficient amount of time like your thinking. Play with it, and do a timing test to see how long it takes to run the audible alarm.

I was thinking it's 3 minutes, but it could be 5 minutes. Like I said, I dunno for sure.
 

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Mine does it within like, 30 seconds. It's so annoying! It does it if it senses enough weight in the passenger seat too. I had to seatbelt a computer we got shipped back from HP awhile ago because it was so heavy :shrug: :doh:
 

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There is a procedure to disable/enable the warning. Maybe the procedure was performed on your Escape? :shrug: Anyway, you can give it a try.

This is the procedure from page 110 the 2007 Escape Manual:

Deactivating/activating the BeltMinder feature
The driver and front passenger BeltMinder are deactivated/activated independently. When deactivating/activating one seating position, do not buckle the other position as this will terminate the process.

Read Steps 1 - 4 thoroughly before proceeding with the deactivation/activation programming procedure.

The driver and front passenger BeltMinder features can be deactivated/activated by performing the following procedure:

Before following the procedure, make sure that:

• The parking brake is set
• The gearshift is in P (Park) (automatic transmission)
• The gearshift is in N (Neutral) (manual transmission)
• The ignition switch is in the OFF position
• The driver and front passenger safety belts are unbuckled

While the design allows you to deactivate your BeltMinder, this system is designed to improve your chances of being safely belted and surviving an accident. We recommend you leave the BeltMinder system activated for yourself and others who may use the vehicle. To reduce the risk of injury, do not deactivate/activate the BeltMinder feature while driving the vehicle.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN (or ON) position. (DO NOT START THE ENGINE)

2. Wait until the safety belt warning light turns off. (Approximately 1 minute)
• Step 3 must be completed within 50 seconds after the safety belt warning light turns off.

3. For the seating position being disabled, buckle then unbuckle the safety belt 9 times, ending in the unbuckled state. (Step 3 must be completed within 50 seconds after the safety belt warning light turns off.)
• After Step 3, the restraint system warning light (airbag light) will be turned on for three seconds.

4. Within 10 seconds of the light turning on, buckle then unbuckle the safety belt.
• This will disable the BeltMinder feature for that seating position if it is currently enabled. As confirmation, the restraint system warning light will flash 4 times per second for 3 seconds.
• This will enable the BeltMinder feature for that seating position if it is currently disabled. As confirmation, the restraint system warning light will flash 4 times per second for 3 seconds, followed by 3 seconds with the light off, then followed by the restraint system warning light flashing 4 times per second for 3 seconds again.
• After receiving confirmation, the deactivation/activation procedure is complete.


The procedure in the 2002's Owners Manual is slightly different: This is from page 137:

Deactivating/activating the BeltMinder feature

Read steps 1 - 9 thoroughly before proceeding with the deactivation/activation programming procedure.

The BeltMinder feature can be deactivated/activated by performing the following procedure:
Before following the procedure, make sure that:

• the parking brake is set
• the gearshift is in P (Park) (automatic transmission) or the neutral position (manual transmission).
• the ignition switch is in the OFF position
• all vehicle doors are closed
• the driver's safety belt is unbuckled
• the parklamps/headlamps are in OFF position (If vehicle is equipped with Autolamps, this will not affect the procedure.)

To reduce the risk of injury, do not deactivate/activate the Belt Minder feature while driving the vehicle.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN (or ON) position. (DO NOT START THE ENGINE)

2. Wait until the safety belt warning light turns off. (Approximately 1-2 minutes)
• Steps 3-5 must be completed within 60 seconds or the procedure will have to be repeated.

3. Uncoil then retract the safety belt three times, ending with the safety belt retracted. This can be done before or during BeltMinder warning activation.

4. Turn on the parklamps/headlamps, turn off the parklamps/headlamps.

5. Uncoil then retract the safety belt three times, ending with the safety belt retracted.
• After step 5 the safety belt warning light will be turned on for three seconds.

6. Within seven seconds of the safety belt warning light turning off, uncoil then retract the safety belt.
• This will disable BeltMinder if it is currently enabled, or enable BeltMinder if it is currently disabled.

7. Confirmation of disabling BeltMinder is provided by flashing the safety belt warning light four times per second for three seconds.

8. Confirmation of enabling BeltMinder is provided by flashing the safety belt warning light four times per second for three seconds, followed by three seconds with the safety belt warning light off, then followed by flashing the safety belt warning light four times per second for three seconds again.

9. After receiving confirmation, the deactivation/activation procedure is complete.
 

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I've had something like that happen before, too. In my case, I'm pretty sure it was based on speed, as the beep came on when I hit 30mph (I think that was it, maybe 25mph).
 

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This made me laugh. Herein lies the difference between this forum and the Focus forum that I frequent. At the Focus forum, the kids all ask how to turn BeltMinder off. Here, the grown-ups ask how to turn it on. I love it. :hyst:
 

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You welcome Stone. I just pulled them out of the online manuals :thumb:
 

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Well,it's cool that it could be disabled... what is not cool is that it could be a malfunction and while I still have my warranty... I don't take care of it.
 

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MichaelJD1980 said:
This made me laugh. Herein lies the difference between this forum and the Focus forum that I frequent. At the Focus forum, the kids all ask how to turn BeltMinder off. Here, the grown-ups ask how to turn it on. I love it. :hyst:
Works too, just did it to enable my 2005 escape.. Thanks for the write up!
 
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