Ford recalling 196,500 Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans over corrosion issue

In a recent statement made during the course of a telephonic interview, Ford Motors' spokeswoman Kelli Felker revealed that nearly 196,500 of the automaker's 2004-2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans are being recalled over a corrosion issue.

Felker also said that Ford was also recalling an additional 33,500 vehicles outside the US, nearly all of them in Canada.

However, the recall affects only those vehicles which were sold or registered in the District of Columbia and 20 salt-belt states, including 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.

With the disclosure implying that the recall of the vehicles is essentially a `regional' recall - a move which consumer advocates such as the Center for Auto Safety do not approve of -, Felker also said that the owners of recall affected vehicles outside the salt-belt states should get in touch with their dealers for help in case they face any problem.

Meanwhile, about the corrosion issue leading to the recall, Ford said in its March 4-dated report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the corrosion "does not present an unreasonable risk of accident or injury;" and added alongside that the reason behind the recall was "to avoid a protracted dispute with the agency."