NHTSA beefs up its investigation into Ford Windstar minivans

2003 Ford Windstar

The government ramped-up its investigation into Ford Windstar minivans amid new concerns of corrosion. Since August, Ford has recalled 600,000 of the vehicles in the US and Canada out of concern that corrosion may occur in the rear-axle, causing breakage. The US recall is only limited to 22 states where road salt is used during the winter.

The beefed up investigation stems from 346 complaints received by the NHTSA over corrosion and breaking of the front subframe, which carries a good part of the drive train and front suspension. Three crashes and one injury have been reported as having relation to the issue.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said the Dearborn, Mich., automaker was “fully cooperating with the government on the investigation.”

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: MSNBC