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Ford adds Virginia to Windstar minivan recall

Associated Press Modified: May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am •  Published: May 9, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has added 27,000 Windstar minivans from Virginia to a larger recall because the rear axles can crack and fail.

The vans are now part of an August 2010 recall of more than 600,000 Windstars in the U.S. in Canada from the 1998 through 2003 model years.

Ford said at the time that the vans were sold in states where salt is used to clear the roads. Over time, the salt can cause the axles to rust, crack and even break, causing a driver to lose control.

Virginia wasn't included in the original recall. But Ford says a recent analysis shows that vans there can have similar problems. There were 11 reports of axle cracks from Virginia between October 2011 and March of 2012.

No crashes are injuries have been reported from the problem in Virginia, Ford spokesman Daniel Pierce said. The expanded recall covers Windstars either sold or registered in Virginia. Ford will either replace the axles or install brackets to reinforce them.

Ford will mail letters to Virginia van owners starting the week of June 18.

The 2010 recall covered minivans in 23 states that were built at Ford's Oakville, Ontario, plant from Sept. 1, 1997 through July 3, 2003.

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