Ford To Recall 600,000 Windstar Models

It has not been a fun couple of hours for Ford. The Detroit based automaker is under investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the Fusion and now, the Windstar is being recalled again.

Ford will recall 525,000 Windstar models made between 1999-2003. These vehicles can be located in the United States, Canada and other various countries. The recall is due to corrosion on the front frame, an issue which Ford has already received 74 complaints.

The rust covered subframe on the Ford Windstar could separate from its mounts, which could cause the steering to fail and even though most of America’s roads are straight, this would not be a good thing. The subframe holds the Ford’s engine, transmission and front axle.

Ford will start notifying customers next month to have them bring in their Windstar minivans to a local dealership for repair. In the United States, the recall only affects people in the Northern states, such as Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Those living down South need not concern themselves.

The Windstar has been Ford’s problem child, as during the summer, the automaker issues a massive 600,000-vehicle recall of the van due to corrosion on the rear beam axle. This issue caused on man to crash, as the axle snapped while the 28-year-old was driving down the road, causing the van to smash into a building.

All Windstar models were produced in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and were replaced by the Freestar, another terrible minivan. Besides recalls, the Windstar suffered from numerous problems. These included the 1995 3.8 L V6 Essex engine, which was susceptible to head gasket failure and the Windstar paired with an AXOD-E/AX4S transaxle was prone to internal failure.

All in all, the Windstar remains one of Ford’s largest problem vehicles.

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