Ford Expands Windstar Minivan Recall Ford Motor (F) is expanding its recent recall of Windstar minivans to replace axles that may crack after exposure to road salt.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is adding 37,000 units to the original 575,000 Windstars from the 1998 to 2003 model years it recalled in August, raising the total of recalled vehicles to 612,000 in the U.S. and Canada.

The expanded recall includes 2003 model year minivans with heat-treated axles, and those sold in Utah. August's recall in the U.S. was limited to 21 states in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions where roads are routinely treated with salt, which can cause the axles to rust.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told the Associated Press that the automaker has determined that vans in Utah or with heat-treated axles may also develop cracks.

According to the most recent figures available, 950 complaints about the axles had been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of September, Ford said.

The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer safety group, said the defect had been blamed for eight crashes and three injuries as of September, AP reported. Ford said none of the injuries was serious.

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For my money they should recall all of them and put them in a crusher. This has got to be one of the worst vehicles on the road. For had a good mini van in the Aerostar and they stopped production to produce this piece of crap. The motors are lousy, transmissions do not hold up and the gas mileage is the pits. I owned two Aerostars before I got my Windstar. Both of my aerostars averaged 36 MPG on the highway, never lacked for power at at 252,000 miles on the first one and 256,000 miles on the second one both were still going strong with no problems of any kind. Neither of them needed a tune-up till they had over 125,000 miles on them. My Windstar had to have the engine replaced at 36,000 miles because the cam shaft broke and caused damage to the pistons. It was replaced again at 83,000 miles same problem. the transmission went at 79,000 miles. Other people I know who had them also experienced similar problems. Go by a Ford dealer or other garages and see just how many are there for work. Mine never made it to 100,00 miles it blew the engine the third time at 96,000 and went to the crusher.

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