Last week, Ford Motor Co. recalled more than half a million Ford Windstar minivans in the United States and Canada. The majority of the recalled vehicles, 462,750 were recalled in the United States and an additional 112,000 were recalled in Canada.
The recall is due to concern that the rear axle may corrode and fracture. If this were to happen while the driver was operating the vehicle, the driver could lose control of the minivan and a serious car accident could result.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating this problem since May 2010 and has been informed of Ford’s recall. At least two accidents that were caused by a corroded and fractured rear axle have been reported to the NHTSA.
The recalled models are all Ford Windstars from model years 1998-2003 and were sold in 21 U.S. states including Pennsylvania. If your car has been recalled then be sure to contact your dealer who will fix your car free of charge as soon as parts are available.