Cornwall ON – Ford has recalled over 600,000 Windstar Minivans over Rear Axle corrosion issues.
US reports that the issue has been ongoing and that this impacts model years 1999-2003.
We have had no word from local Ford reps as of print time. Here is the US notice from the NHTSA:
DOT REPEATS CAUTION TO OWNERS OF RECALLED FORD WINDSTARVEHICLES ON REAR AXLE SEPARATIONThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of model year1998 to 2003 Ford Windstar minivans to bring their vehicles to a Ford dealershipimmediately to be examined for signs of rear axle corrosion..Approximately 500,000 of these vehicles in salt belt states have been recalled due to adefect that can cause the rear axle to weaken and crack after exposure to salt corrosion. Ifundetected, the fractured rear axle could negatively affect the driver’s ability to controlthe vehicle increasing the risk of a crash..Owners that have not yet had the inspection are advised to watch for potential warningsigns of a cracked rear axle. Those include: top of the rear tires tilted inward (negativecamber); excessive bouncing while driving; banging sound while driving over bumps;vehicle rear-end “fishtails.”.Owners of the affected vehicles should immediately visit the below listed Ford web pageand enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if their particular Ford vehiclehas been recalled for the problem and if the repair has been made. That web site ishttp://www.ford.com/owner-services/customer-support/recall-information. The vehicle’sVIN can be found on the driver’s side dashboard and/or on the certification label locatedon the door latch post next to the driver’s seating position, or in your owner’s manual..In addition, any buyer of a new or used vehicle, regardless of make or model, can checkwith www.safercar.gov to see whether any recalls apply to the vehicle they are interestedin. All consumers can also go to the same site and sign up for immediate, automaticemail notification of any new recalls affecting their vehicles, tires or child safety seats.
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