By Jennifer Geiger on March 7, 2013
Ford is recalling 196,500 model-year 2004-06 versions of the Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans due to a third-row corrosion issue, according to a Reuters report.
In the affected vehicles, corrosion could prevent the third row from locking into place. Ford told Reuters that the recall only applies to vehicles sold or registered in the District of Columbia and the following Salt Belt states: 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 dealers will install a new third-row-seat mounting bracket for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information. To look up your VIN on Ford’s recall site, click here.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer