Ford Recalls 229,929 Vehicles To Fix Corrosion Problem


  • 2007 Ford Freestar Picture

    2007 Ford Freestar Picture

    Ford is recalling 229,929 2004-’07 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles globally to fix a corrosion problem that prevents the fold-down third-row seats from locking into place. | March 07, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Ford is recalling 229,929 2004-'07 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles globally to fix a corrosion problem that prevents the fold-down third-row seats from locking into place.
  • The recall affects only vehicles sold or registered in 20 salt-belt states and the District of Columbia.
  • Ford told Edmunds it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 229,929 2004-'07 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles globally to fix a corrosion problem that prevents the fold-down third-row seats from locking into place, according to the automaker.

The recall affects only vehicles sold or registered in 20 salt-belt states and the District of Columbia. The states 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 and Wisconsin.

Ford told Edmunds it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

The recall includes 196,626 vehicles in the U.S., 33,262 vehicles in Canada and 41 elsewhere.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been investigating the corrosion problem in the Ford vehicles. It noted that the third-row fold-down seat "can experience severe corrosion and structural degradation at the seat anchor mechanism to the rear wheel wells." NHTSA had not posted any official information about the recall on its Web site as of Thursday morning.

Ford dealers will install a new third-row seat mounting bracket and overlay panels in the wheel wells to prevent corrosion, said Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in a phone conversation on Thursday with Edmunds.

The recall is expected to begin the last week of March.

Edmunds says: Ford said consumers who own the aforementioned Ford and Mercury vehicles should call their dealership now and make an appointment for repairs later in the month.

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