Due to a potential safety hazard that could cause an auto accident, the Ford Motor Company has issued a voluntary recall for approximately 23,000 Windstar minivans. This recall, which affects model year 1999 through 2003 Windstar vehicles registered or originally sold in the state of Virginia, has been issued at the request of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to the possibility that the body mount attachments and rear attaching brackets supporting the front lower control arm may corrode over time. This condition can lead to the front lower control arm becoming detached from the vehicle’s frame. If both front subframe rear body mounts become detached, the steering intermediate shaft may separate from the frame as well, leading to an increased risk that the driver may lose control of the vehicle and be unable to prevent the vehicle from becoming involved in a collision that could result in serious injury or death. Owners of affected vehicles can return them to authorized Ford dealerships where this condition will be repaired at no charge. Consumers seeking more information on this recall can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline.
As a car accident attorney in San Francisco, I hope that this recall can be effectively carried out before this potential safety hazard causes any collisions. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, please consider contacting a San Francisco personal injury lawyer.