Ford Motor Company is recalling 283,413 model year 1998-2003 Windstars manufactured September 2, 1997, to July 3, 2003.
The recalled vehicles were previously remedied to safeguard against the rear axle cracking from corrosion, however, the remedy brackets may have been installed improperly. The incorrect bracket installations may limit the effectiveness of the service repair for the earlier recall.
If the brackets were not installed properly, the rear axle may fracture, affecting the vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brackets to verify their proper installation. If a bracket is found to have been installed improperly, the rear axle will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S27.