Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.
B0061:11 Passenger Seatbelt Tension Sensor: Circuit Short to Ground
B0061:12 Passenger Seatbelt Tension Sensor: Circuit Short to Battery
B0061:13 Passenger Seatbelt Tension Sensor: Circuit Open
B0061:1C Passenger Seatbelt Tension Sensor: Circuit Voltage Out of Range
B0061:49 Passenger Seatbelt Tension Sensor: Internal Electronic Failure
The cost to diagnose the B0061 Mercury code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair's diagnosis time and labor rates vary by location, vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repair shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.
The Belt Tension Sensor (BTS) operates in conjunction with the Occupant Classification System (OCS). The Occupant Classification System (OCS) interprets a variable voltage signal provided by the Belt Tension Sensor (BTS) to identify the possible presence of a child safety seat in the front passenger seat. The voltage output of the Belt Tension Sensor (BTS) is proportional to the amount of tension applied to the sensor by the belt: no belt tension causes a low voltage (approximately 0.95 volt) to be output, and high belt tension causes a high voltage (approximately 3.8 volts) to be returned to the Occupant Classification System Module (OCSM).
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