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“We’re doing this because in a very small number of cases, the axles have fractured in certain locations–either the right or the left side–and effected handling.” said Ford spokesman Said Deep.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Admnistration has recieved 234 reports of rear axle fractures, with two minor crashes. Federal investigators say the design of the axle appears to allow it to collect slush, which can lead to the rust.
The recall covers 575,000 Windstar minivans in the model years 1998 to 2003 sold in states where the heavy use of road salt can cause more corrosion.
“The recall for the Windstar, which is no longer in production, applies to vehicles in 21 states and Canada where road salt corrision is more common,” says Deep, who said Michigan is one of the states included in the recall. Deep told WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert that Windstar owners in any state, who are concerned about problems with their vehicles can get a free inspection from their dealer.
Deep says Ford plans to start notifying owners beginning on Sept. 27.
“We’re going to be notifying them, and asking them to bring their vehicles for inspection, and any necessary repairs.”
WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert contributed to this story.
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