A 2011 recall left the Ford Motor Company scurrying around to fix the mess that was its Windstar minivan, taking in 425,000 vans to fix their potentially cracking frames. It appears that winter-weather rust and the Ford Windstar didn’t quite get along too well with one another, with the minivan corroding all too easily.
But Ford didn’t build the frames for the Windstar; Dana Corporation did. Ford’s been handling a problem it feels it didn’t create, and now it’s suing Dana to cover its costs.
Dana denies responsibility for the recalled parts; Ford’s pressing on with its lawsuit for cost reimbursement. The two companies do business with one another for many vehicles, and despite the conflict, Ford is committed to continuing its relationship with the parts supplier.
In 2010, Ford issued a recall for 1998 to 2003 Windstar minivans in 22 states or Canadian provinces for rear axle rust that caused it to snap within a few short years after initial purchase; obviously, that makes the van unstable. Last year, it expanded the recall to Virginia as well. It affects some 600,000 minivans. Some of those same vans are involved in the 425,000-unit recall for the frame, issued within months of the axle rust problem.
Once thought to be the next big challenger to the Chrysler’s minivans, the Ford Windstar went into production for the 1995 model year and left after the 2003 model year to be replaced by the upgraded Freestar. Although the Ford Windstar posed a credible threat in the minivan segment, its series of recalls and quality issues damaged its momentum. Ford dropped its minivan altogether in 2007, going without a direct replacement.
Source: Washington Post