Ford recalling the Freestar and Mercury Monterey for corrosion issues

2004 Ford Freestar

Another day, another Ford recall…this time, it’s with the minivan that can’t catch a break. More specifically, it’s the 2004-2007 Ford Freestar and its mechanical twin, the Mercury Monterey (the Monterey replaced the Villager, a joint venture with the Nissan Motor Company). Ford is bringing back the lackluster duo for corrosion issues, this time on the inside of the vehicle. Hopefully, their axles won’t snap in half, unlike its predecessor, the Ford Windstar.

Moreover, the corrosion appears to be affecting the third row seat to latch into place, an issue that could compound with the frequent removal of. Oddly enough, most of the vehicles being recalled are in Canada.

Here in the States, the affected vehicles are those that were originally bought in the “salt-belt” states, or states that salt is normally used on the roads during the winter months (sounds like Subaru is having similar issues with salt as well). The states that the recall notice will be going out to are:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Washington, D.C. is also included in the notice. In all, over 33,500 minivans are going back to the dealership for repairs. Once the vehicle is back at the dealership, their technicians will relocate the mounting bracket, as well as repair the area that has been affected by corrosion. Ford is confident that not only will they be able to repair the issue, but that the third row occupants should be safe in the event of a crash. In a recent report to the NHTSA, Ford did not feel that this  “does not present an unreasonable risk of accident or injury”, but they agreed to the recall, in order to “to avoid a protracted dispute with the agency.”

If you currently own one of these vehicles, or are unsure as to whether or not your vehicle has been affected by the latest Ford recall, you can contact your local dealership. Mercury Monterey owners can also contact the Ford dealership, as they should have the parts available to repair the minivans (most automakers will make a 20-year supply of parts on a discontinued vehicle).

Source: The New York Times

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