Windstar Crash Victim’s Family Blames Ford ‘Stealth’ Recall

WHITMAN (CBS/AP) — The family of a Massachusetts man who was killed when the rear axle of his 2002 Windstar cracked in half says Ford hasn’t done enough to tell owners about the company’s recall of the minivans.

Sean Bowman’s family told WBZ-TV Wednesday that they received a safety recall notice from Ford on October 22, exactly one week after his minivan crashed into a building.

Ford’s recall notice to Bowman was postmarked three days after the accident.

Ford announced in August it was recalling 575,000 older-model Windstars over concerns the rear axles can corrode and break.

The compnay said it is cooperating with government investigators but declined to comment on Bowman’s case.

After an inquiry about Bowman’s case from the Associated Press, Ford said it was expanding its recall — a decision made last month but not previously publicized.

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  • Rachel Harris

    I am a owner of a 2000 Ford Windstar. My vehicle has been recalled for the rear axel. I have been refused by every local dealership for my vehicle to be inpected. They’re excuse: there is not enough room on their lot. My family is in danger and something needs to be done. I have two small children. Ford is not backing up this recall notice.

    • Jeff Bowman

      please contact your local media and tell them about fords refusal call your state rep as well we the people need to stand up against these coperate giants

      JeffBowman Brother of Sean

  • Michael Stephens

    I am the owner of a 1999 Windstar and live in Michigan and the axle is cracked. I took it to my local dealer and Fords is paying for a rental car until the windstar is repaired. it seems the states that use salt on the roads are the problem areas. my local dealer has over 70 windstars in there back lot with cracked axles waiting for repairs. everyone I see in passing I mention to see if they have had the axle checked and am surprised they don’t know. everyone needs to do there part so no other family has to go through such a loss.

    • Gayle Tabor

      I also am the owner of a 1999 Ford Windstar and live in Illinois and have 54,524 miles. I had the 11S16 front subframe lower control arm recall fixed but another problem occurred when I was turning to make a right turn within a week of having it fixed. It turns out that the subframe is rusted through on the swaybar and is a safety issue, but Ford said that it is not part of a recall and will not fix it. I have a complaint into but have not heard from then yet.
      I have also written to my State Senator and will continue until it is fixed as a recall and will continue to reach out to whomever I can reach out to.

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