The rust issue in the rear wheel wells of 2004-2007 Ford Freestar and
Mercury Monterey minivans has finally led to a recall. The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation into the
matter in 2011, said investigation being upgraded to an engineering
analysis a year later while NHTSA tried to figure out how many model
years should be included in the assessment.
Ford has decided to recall all of the 230,000 minivans potentially
affected, namely those sold in salt-belt states and countries like
Canada. The excess rust in the rear wheel wells was also able to
prevent the third-row seats from locking to the floor of the minivan.
To repair the problem, owners can take their minivans to dealers, and
the dealers will place new panels in the wheel wells, replace the
third-row seat mounting brackets and relocate the latches to an area
away from any corrosion.
Ford says it will begin notifying owners during the last week of