Ford recalled 575,000 of its Ford Windstar Vans because of a risk that the rear axles could corrode and break, causing serious auto accidents that could potentially result in personal injuries or even death.
The recall affects vans sold from 1998 until 2003, and covers areas where road salts are in heavier use, like northern states and the east coast. Missouri is included as a state where the vans have been recalled. There have been 234 complaints of axle problems in Ford Windstar vans, and at least two reports of accidents relating to a broken axle.
Ford would be notifying owners of the recall by mail beginning in late September, and the van can be fixed at no cost to the owner.