A fractured axle can affect vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash.

Power Train — Axle Assembly

Summary
Ford is recalling certain model year 1998-2003 Windstar vehicles manufactured from September 1, 1997, through July 3, 2003, and currently registered or originally sold in Virginia. Over time, corrosion can weaken the rear axle making it susceptible to torsional stress. Corrosion and stress can lead to cracks which, if undetected, can increase and result in a complete fracture of the axle.
Actions
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install rear axle reinforcement brackets, or replace the axles, as necessary. This service will be performed free of charge. The recall began on June 19, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
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Date Announced
MAY 03, 2012
Vehicles Affected
27,000
Ford Recall #
10S13
NHTSA Campaign #
12V193000
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