According to U.S. News & World Report, Ford is expanding its recall of Windstar minivans to include approximately 37,000 more vehicles. In August, the auto manufacturer recalled 575,000 1998-2003 Windstars because of corrosion on the vehicle’s rear axle that could potentially lead to cracks, and in certain circumstances, an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has collected 891 complaints connected to the minivan, as well as eight reports of accidents and three reports of injuries.
Currently, the Ford Windstar recall affects 22 states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia, and Canada. As of yet, the recall does not include California, but an investigation into the problem is ongoing. Regardless of their residency, NHTSA is urging all owners of Ford Windstar minivans from model years 1998 through 2003 to immediately take their vehicle to a Ford dealership to be inspected for indications of rear axle corrosion. Dealers can replace affected parts for free.
If you own a Ford Windstar, you may contact the manufacturer at 1-866-436-7332 for more information about the recall.
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