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Ford recalls 230,000 mini-vans to fix rust problem

PTI Detroit | Updated on March 13, 2018 Published on March 08, 2013

Ford is recalling 230,000 mini-vans in 20 cold-weather states and Washington D.C. to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.

The Company says the recall affects Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey mini-vans from the 2004 through 2007 model years. They were sold mainly in Canada and US states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

Ford said yesterday that rust can weaken the mounting brackets that hold the removable seats to the van floor. The Company says no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.

Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets, placing them outside of the area that can rust. They will also install panels above the rear wheels to prevent water from entering, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said. Owners will be notified of the recall by letter during the last week of March.

“The panels will protect that area so that it won’t get any other exposure to corrosive elements,” Felker said.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the vans from the 2004 model year in December, and added 2005 through 2007 to the probe in April because they all have similar seat designs.

The recall covers 196,500 minivans in the US and another 33,500 outside the US, mainly in Canada, Felker said.

Published on March 08, 2013
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