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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 14th October 2019, 13:52 Thread Starter
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Passengers icon flashing on the dashboard

Hi all,
I have 2013 1.5l ford b-max. Recently I have encountered that for some reason the passenger seat belt icon flashes and makes a very very loud noise. There is no passenger with me nor I don't have any groceries on the seat.

I suspect it's to due with the sensor thinking there is someone sitting on the seat. My mechanic said you'd need to rip the whole seat apart and replace the sensor.

Tbh it hasn't beeped in a few months but I'm dreading It will come back. The way to stop the beeping sounds is to put on the seat belt whilst driving. But if this happened on the motorway I wouldn't be able to pull over and stop the noise...

Anyone have any advice ?

Thanks !
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 14th October 2019, 15:28
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Your mechanc is right. Either take the seat apart or plug the seatbelt in. Personally, I would plug the belt in.

Alternatively, you might be able to find the wire coming from the seat and isolate it.

Maybe remove the fuse, but I'm not sure without checking whether the fuse covers anything else.

Also not sure if disabling would affect the MOT, though I don't think so - maybe one of our expert forum members could confirm.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 15th October 2019, 09:47
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There are other reports of this phenomenon on the site over the years. My old motor did it for some time, so I just used the 'plug seatbelt in' solution whenever it happened. My opinion is that it seems to be the seat sensor sticking, as it generally happened after I left my work bag on the passenger seat while going to work.
As I said, it has been reported before and I suspect that a search will pop up a solution much less drastic than seat replacement.

Good Luck,


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 15th October 2019, 20:49
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only turn off safety features at your own risk
the owners manual stats that the warning can be turned off, but to do so you should visit a ford dealer.
I believe the procedure is to park the car,
then sit in it, with the doors closed, & headlights off
[turn the key to run not start] / [press the start button without brake or clutch] -dont start engine
wait 15+ seconds as the self tests go on
latch and remove your seatbelt 9 times in 60 seconds.
panel light should flash 3 times confirming action
turn car off.

to reinstate the warning functions repeat the above.

hopefully this will work for you, please let us know
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