Ford recalls 575,000 vans in US, Canada
DETROIT: Ford Motor Co> is recalling about 575,000 Windstar vans in 21 coldweather U.S. states and Canada from model years 1998 to 2003 because of the possibility that the rear axle may fracture due to corrosion, federal regulators reported on Friday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation of the problem on May 13 after receiving 234 reports of rear axle fractures and two minor crashes. The number of complaints has risen to 950.
NHTSA said the design of the axle appears to allow it to collect road salt slush, leading to rust.
The recalls total about 463,000 in the United States, and the remaining in Canada, a Ford spokesman said. Windstar owners will be asked to bring their vans into Ford or LincolnMercury dealerships for inspection of the axle. -PB News
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