Ford is recalling model year 2004-2007 Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles manufactured from March 24, 2003, through November 7, 2006, equipped with a third row seat.
The third row stowable seat can experience corrosion and structural degradation at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to the rear wheel wells. As a result of the corrosion, the third row seat may not fully latch into its seating position. In the event of a rear-end crash, an unlatched seat may increase the risk of personal injury.
The vehicles were originally sold in, or are currently registered in, 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 and the District of Columbia.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 27, 2013.
Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.