Ford recalling about 525,000 Windstar minivans

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2011

If you own an older model of the Ford Windstar minivan and you’re having cold weather, be warned as the steering control could be reduced with the likelihood that corrosion will lead to a separation of parts under the vans.

Last Wednesday, Ford Motor Co. and federal government officials announced the recall of about 525,000 Windstar minivans with 1999 to 2003 model years.

Ford said that about 425,000 of the Windstars are registered in the U.S., about 100,000 in Canada, and fewer than 750 in other countries.

So far, Ford knows of seven reported accidents with five minor injuries in which drivers claim the corrosion-related issue was a contributing factor. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that in the U.S., minivans in 22 states and the District of Columbia will be recalled.

NHTSA revealed that it had received 87 complaints of corrosion-related failures of the front frame and that Ford had recorded 74 unique incident reports as of last month.

Starting in the middle of February, Ford will be notifying owners of the Windstars to bring their vehicles to dealerships for inspection and possible repair, if necessary. [via autonews - sub. required]

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