Many dubbed 2010 the year of the car recall. Now it is clear that 2011 is picking up where 2010 left off. Ford is the latest to join the 2011 parade. Today, Ford Motor issued a recall for 425,000 Windstar minivans in 22 states and Washington, D.C. (including Maryland) to fix van parts that may cause corrosion of the sub-frame brackets and mounts, causing them to separate. The new Windstar recall covers model years 1999-2003 .
This defect might make the vehicle difficult or impossible to control. The recall will hopefully identify and fix vans whose front lower control arm, rear attaching brackets and body mount attachments need fixing.
Apropos to the weather today, the Ford Windstar is only being recalled in those states where salt is used on the roads to deal with inclement weather: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.
(I would think Colorado and Washington should be on this list although I know Colorado uses a lot of Magnesium Chloride liquid deicer on their roads. The people in Washington are convinced that salt on the road is bad for the Puget Sound. I have no idea if this is true.)