Ford has been expanding the scope of a recall involving a faulty cruise-control switch for the past nine years, with the number of recalled vehicles at 9.6 million. Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into another model line, the Windstar minivan.
NHTSA says it has received 130 complaints of engine fire in 1995-2003 Windstar vans, including 36 in the past year. Two of the fires caused structural damage, and 33 of the incidents occurred when the vehicle was parked. Ford says the Windstar uses a different version of the switch than others models that have been recalled.
To date, only 40% of the previously recalled vehicles have been serviced. Ford says that low number is due to the fact that they’re older models. The company has sent repeated letters to owners.
We’ll follow this story and alert readers if a formal recall is issued for the Windstar.
Windstar may face switch recall (Detroit News)