Ford Recalls 463,000 Minivans in U.S.

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(Detroit, MI - Jerome Vaughn, WDET)  Ford is recalling more than half a million Windstar minivans for possible axle problems.  The action affects vehicles in cold weather states.

The recall affects Ford Windstar minivans from the 1998 through 2003 model years.  About 463-thousand vehicles are affected in the U-S.  Another 113-thousand have been recalled in Canada.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says corrosion from road salt can weaken the rear axle in cold weather states.  The issue could lead to cracks and in some cases a complete fracture of the axle could occur increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the rear axle…and make necessary repairs at no costs to consumers.  Affected owners will be notified by Ford beginning next month.