Ford has issued a recall for over half a million Ford Windstar vans, model years 1998 through 2003. The recall stems from a high level of erosion of the rear axle, particularly in cold regions of the country where there is a lot of salt placed on the road to combat snow and ice. Ford fears that the rear axle may fracture from corrosion. There have been approximately 1,000 reports of this concern.
Ford has stopped making the Windstar, presumably for reasons other than the rear axle concerns that precipitated this recall.