WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2010) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reiterated its warning to owners of Ford Windstar minivans, model years 1988-2003, that they must take their vehicles to Ford dealerships to be inspected for signs of rear axle corrosion.
Ford Motor Co. recalled some 500,000 Windstar minivans sold in “Salt Belt” states because of a defect that can cause the rear axles to weaken and crack after exposure to salt, NHTSA said. This defect potentially can cause loss of vehicle control and resulting crashes, the agency said.
Windstar owners should contact Ford's website and enter their vehicle identification numbers to see if their minivans are included in the recall, NHTSA said.
Meanwhile, the agency said, Windstar owners whose vehicles haven't yet been inspected should look for potential signs of rear axle corrosion. These include the top of the rear tires tilting inward (negative camber); excessive bouncing while driving; a banging sound when driving over bumps; or fishtailing in the rear end of the vehicle.