Ford Windstar Minivan Recall 2011: Model Years

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Last year Ford had to recall their Windstar minivans due to an issue with the rear corroding; so comes as a shock that the Detroit Automaker has announced a new round of recalls for 2011. In all there are 525,000 models affected from the years 1993 to 2003, most of which are in the U.S.

TorqueNews reports that 425,000 are to be recalled in the United States, with the other 100,000 in Canada. There are just several hundred Windstar recalls in other countries. This is just as serious as the previous recall, as the corrosion could cause parts of the underneath of the van to separate, which could then result in the loss of steering.

According to Reuters, Ford has said that seven accidents have been reported to them, with five of these resulting in slight injuries; All of these were related to the corrosion issue on the Windstar minivan. It is said that 22 states are affected by this recall, and Ford are now working with the NHTSA over the matter.

The recalls are due to begin by the middle of February, and those who have a Windstar built from 1994 to 2003 will be asked to take their minivan to their local Ford dealer to be inspected. If there is found to be any corrosion, then the dealership will then carry out any necessary repairs.

Are you concerned over this second recall of the Ford Windstar Minivan?

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  • Darlene

    yes, I am. They didn't even fix the last rear axle problem on my car yet.

  • Berto

    They have not fixed my car from the last recall. May suggest a buyback option

    • bill

      just to let every one know that they wont buyback the 2002 or 2003 windstar. thats what ford told me when there not buyingback my 2002 windstar they said they dont buy back the 2002 or 2003.

  • James

    I just called the dealship and asked about the new recall since they are still holding our van since Dec for the axel recall….they said they dont have the details or specs yet……..they have had our van for over a month now and yes we have a renta. Butl they have not contacted us or updated us once. We just purchased our 2001 last June and our making payments on it …what is a solution for us Ford. I have 5 children and our rental doesnt come close to fitting my family!

    • http://www.facebook.com/karenly.sosa Karenly Sosa

      Hello James, i had the same problem, i needed a bigger vehicle and when i called ford to ask, they said there was nothing to do. But then i called enterprise (who gave me the rental) and they gave me a minivan that same day… try contacting your rental company instead, the dealer doesn't help at all.

  • nicole

    Dealers were supposed to get some info on the recall by January 31st according to the info I have seen. My 99 windstar is currently being held by the dealer because it failed this recall. They finally relented and gave me a rental car, after initially telling me I was going to be given back my "safe to drive" van until Ford decided what to do with it. The info I have seen says they are considering buying back the vans that fail the recall…

  • Larry

    My dealer still has my van since it was determined unsafe to drive. I am finishing my third month with a rental car too small for my needs. I have been told they have only reached the 2000 year for buyout offers and mine is a 2003. They can give me no information on when or if parts will arrive for the rear axle. Now this new recall threatens even more delays. They should be offering us an Edge or an Explorer for a rental as these somewhat compare with the Windstar. Ford apparently had a better idea years ago but has forgotten it. their customer service is poor and the longer it takes the better other car makers cars look!

  • Barb

    The dealership has had my Windstar since November 16. They say Ford doesn’t have the parts to fix the rear axle since the suppliers went out of business during the economic downturn of 08-09. That is incredibly frustrating, though I’m glad they are being proactive about this danger.

  • Bruce

    We took our 2000 Windstar w/ towing pkg. to the dealer for the recall Nov. 17, 2010. The dealer kept the van. We did get a rental vehicle and it is a compact. Ford did keep us in a car but we bought the van for our grand kids and towing things. So far (2-18-11) ,no information on the progress to fix the van, no moving my grand kids around and no pulling my trailer. Ford seems to be letting the sleeping dog lay. (The awake dog may be ugly !!!) Now there is a second recall? The Van was payed for, low miles, great condition, and I was a Ford supporter. Now I don't know. If They offer a buy out I'm sure we will not get what we were driving. My wife is out of work and a car payment is out of the question. What to do, What to do???
    Burce and Denise, WI.

  • Debbie

    My 2000 Windstar went to the dealer 11/3/10, just got the call, it's fixed. My question is how can the axle be cracked and the sub-frame is OK (for how long then) I'm sorta afraid of picking it up. It's been sitting for so long and if I'm lucky the dealer started the van 2 times a month and ran it for 5 min. each time. Now after the winter we've had the 4th worst since they started recording….how are my parts, brakes, hoses, etc….when they brake after running the van for awhile…then what. Fortunately, my inspection is due, so guess who's doing it….I want some records…I can not aFORD a new payment.
    Let's just hope FORD stands by their work.

  • Debbie

    My 2000 Windstar went to the dealer 11/3/10, just got the call, it's fixed. My question is how can the axle be cracked and the sub-frame is OK (for how long then) I'm sorta afraid of picking it up. It's been sitting for so long and if I'm lucky the dealer started the van 2 times a month and ran it for 5 min. each time. Now after the winter we've had the 4th worst since they started recording….how are my parts, brakes, hoses, etc….when they brake after running the van for awhile…then what. Fortunately, my inspection is due, so guess who's doing it….I want some records…I can not aFORD a new payment.
    Let's just hope FORD stands by their work.

  • DLL

    I brought my windstar into the dealship for the first rear axle recall in 2010 and they said there was no cracks in the rear they coated it and called me to pick it up and said it was all set to go. I was under the impression it was fixed but recently I got another recall for the front axle so I brought it in for that one then the dealership told me the back axle work wasnt done yet and had to be braced. and the front axle was cracked and my van was grounded and parts wouldnt be in for 3 months. so I asked about a rental until it was fixed but enterprise does not rent to anybody that doesnt have a credit card. I do not have a credit card so Iam unable to get a rental. then I told them I will need my vehcile back it is my only transportation. they told me the only way they can release my van is if I sign a waiver that Iam driving an unsafe vehcile. they have given me no other choice.

  • DLL

    but when I called a paralegal and she had the dmv call the dealship in my behalf the dealership told them my van will be ready to pick up tomorrow and it was safe to drive. then I called ford headquarters and they pulled up the service report and said the front frame was cracked. so my question is why did the dealership lie to the dmv? cause they still want me to pick up my van and sign the wavier without giving me a rental I guess.I wanted my van to be fixed so it will be safe but I guess they dont want to give me any help with getting a rental in the meantime so the only choice I seem to have is signing there wavier and getting my unsafe vehcile back to have a car to drive or otherwise Im up the creek. It has been pure hell dealing with the ford dealership in my city. I dont know what else to do but to go get my van if they even give it back to me if I sign the waiver they so much want me to sign. Iam handicapped on a fixed income even and they just dont seem to care about anybodys situation. I give up trying to get ford to help with anything even getting it properly fixed. I guess there just going to do whatever they want regardless of any recall or any laws. :(

  • Gina

    @ Dill

    You don't need a credit card to have a rental from enterprise in fact they don't even ask for your insurance. Since Ford is paying for the van the deposit is made my Ford. You should have been told that by enterprise.

  • debbie

    took my 2001 for windstar in and it failed the front inspection, they sent me home in a new ford flex loaner, very nice. but the mechanic is not sure when the parts will be in for the repairs he said it could be 4 or 5 months. i would love to drive this ford flex for that long (and so would my kids, they love it). now i'm afraid that my van will be dangerous regardless of this "fix" and don't really want it back. that van was the most reliable car i've ever had and i loved it, so convenient for the kids and friends and the boat. i'm hoping they just offer me a buyout. bluebook value would be acceptable for me in my situation. the van is old and needs new brakes and tires, has rust on the body and a dent in the fender. i'm glad i didn't fix these issues before i took it in (i read comments on the internet first) i also didn't put any gas in it as it was pretty low. but so far i think the flex is pretty bad on gas consumption.

  • no more fords for me

    Just had my 2001 Windstar in the dealership last week to have both recalls taken care of. The fixed the baxk axle,. They also said they inspected the front sub-frame for the new recall 11S16 and said it was ok also. I went home that evenening and took a look under the van to see what they did to fix the rear axle recall and I noticed that the front subframe around the body mount on the passengers side was completely rusted out to the rubber mount. I took pictures and went back to the same dealer the next day and showed them the pictures. They said it was OK to drive and some sort of bracket kit to fix it was supposed to arive by April 4th. They never told me that the first time I was there. Wouldnt even bother taking a second look…. Made an appointment at another local FORD dealership for four days later. over concern of my safety driving it like that. It wasnt in there 10 minutes on the lift and they grounded the vehicle cause of the sub-frame. Dont know if Ill get a buy back cause they said it could be fixed. They should buy it back just cause FORD KNOWINGLY let me drive an unsafe vehicle out of there service department with my wife and two kids and told me all was OK.

  • Mike Pennsylvania

    Took my 2000 Windstar Base Model in yesterday. I have 103,000 miles on it and it has been in a fender-bender, plus paint is peeling and trans shifts rough from first to second gear. The dealer took pics of the sub-frame and emailed them to Ford. Today I got the offer of $3,923 from Ford and gladly accepted it. Ford has me in a 2011 Kia Sorento with no out-of-pocket expense (even paying the damage insurance). I doubt this van was worth $2,000 in present condition, so I'm happy with Ford's response. Yay Ford!

  • Valmancini

    I own a 2003 Windstar have had both front and back axle recalls repaired, most recently the front and it now makes a horrible humming sound when driving. is there anyone out there with the same problem?