Ford to buy back recalled Windstars

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In August of this year, Ford Motor Company recalled almost a half million of their popular Windstar minivan due to a concern over the rear axle assembly breaking due to extreme rusting. The vehicles impacted by August’s Ford Windstar recall were made from 1998 through 2003 but as those recalled Ford minivans got back to the dealerships – Ford doesn’t have the parts needed to fix them.

Because of the lack of available parts for the Windstar recall, Ford has been putting owners of recalled minivans into rental cars until they are able to fix them. This has surely driven the cost to Ford of this recall to jump up quite a bit and in light of these issues, Ford has announced that they will buy back vehicles that show the most severe amount of rust/corrosion damage.

The buy-back of the recalled Ford Windstars is a case by case decision but those who own the earlier affected models stand a good chance of having Ford pay a “price we believe either matches or exceeds market value” rather than having the customers drive around in rentals while they wait for Ford to fix their minivans.

Ford will not buy back any Windstars that were purchased after the recall was announced in August and once the parts for this recall repair become more readily available, the Motor Company plans to pull the plug on the buy-back program.

The Ford Windstar recall only pertains to vehicles in the Salt Belt

The Ford recall for the Windstar’s rust issues only applies to states in the Salt Belt – the regional of the United States where they use road salt to help battle icy conditions. These states are:
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, plus Washington, D.C.

Salt can cause all vehicles to experience rust and corrosion but with the recalled Windstars, the rear axle assembly can rust so badly that it will snap – causing the wheels to move in unnatural positions.

Click here for a look at the original recall announcement.

Source: The Detroit News

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