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Ford’s 575,000 Recalls: This Time Windstar Vans

After a bad run of auto recalls we thought things had settled down, but two weeks ago we heard of a new Mazda recall and only yesterday we posted information on the list of models affected in a new Toyota recall.

What’s next in 2010 for auto recalls? It seems this question was answered today by a Ford recall of 575,000 Windstar vans (463,000 in the U.S. and the rest in Canada). The recalls are for models from 1998 to 2003.

ABC news is reporting that the problem involves a possible fracture of rear axles on Windstar vans, which can be due to “corrosion”. The NHTSA said the design of the rear axle could lead to rust thanks to it collecting “road salt slush”.

The NHTSA reported that complaints have increased to 950. You can read the full story on, which also explains what to do if this recall affects you. Has your Windstar van been affected? Let us know in the comments.



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