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Ford Recalls 230,000 Minivans for Rust Problem

Older vans might have a backseat that can't latch


ford-LogoAutomaker Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling approximately 230,000 minivans because of potential rust problems.

The defect — which stems from rust build up in the rear wheel wells — may prevent the folding third row of seats from properly latching and becoming loose while the vehicle is in motion, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The recall covers some 2004-07 Ford Freestar minivans and 2004-07 Mercury Monterey minivans. The recall covering those models that feature the folding third-row seat but only those in states where roads are cleared using road salt. The salt can accelerate the rust process and lead to the safety issue.

States affected by the recall include Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, DC, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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