Car Recalls Recap: Two Automakers Recall Thousands of Vehicles, What’s the Problem?

May 23rd, 2012
Ford Windstar models are included car recalls for Ford.

Car Recalls include 1998-2003 Ford Windstar models. Photo by Net Car Show.

DETROIT – With thousands of car recalls every month, big manufacturers add an extra expense to their plates as they bring drivers of the affected vehicles to their dealerships for repair. At the end of April, Ford Motors announced that thousands of its models would be recalled due to various problems. Although Chrysler already initiated a recall, they are adding another to their own list.


Ford Motors has a list of models affected which include:

  • 1998-2003 Ford Windstar—9,400
  • 1999-2003 Ford Windstar—23,000
  • 1998-2003 Ford Windstar—27,000

The first problem for these models includes the possibility of the rear axle cracking due to increased stresses caused by high cycles of torsional loading. The fracture can cause a loss of vehicle control which increases the risk of a crash.

The second involves the possible creation of corrosion-related fractures of the front lower control arm rear attaching brackets and body mount attachments. The arm and the bracket may separate in a lower part of the steering intermediate shaft, which can cause the risk of a crash to increase.

The final issues involves corrosion that may weaken the rear axle to become more susceptible to torsional stress. The stress can lead to a complete fracture, and if the driver is in motion, that may cause a crash.

Which models have this problem depend on where they are registered. For example, the second problem occurs with vehicles registered in the State of Virginia.


Chrysler Group has already recalled models this month with the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger:

[Rewind: Chrysler Joined the List for Car Recalls for the Month of May]

The newest recall includes 87,000 Jeep Wranglers from the 2010 model year. It seems that some of these models have the risk of fire due to debris that can get caught between a plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter. This debris can cause a fire.

Owners of any of these models can find more information on WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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