Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
Forbes has an excellent report on Ford Windstar recall that shows how Ford – and NHTSA – did not put safety ahead of corporate short term money.
“The danger that caused the recall is supposed to be eliminated, not mitigated, said Joan Claybrook, former head of Public Citizen who was in charge of the N.H.T.S.A. from 1977 to 1981. She contends the brackets are not a “lawful repair.”
There’s also a problem with charging for the axle, even if it is a discounted price, because federal regulations require a free repair says Clarence Ditlow, the executive director of The Center for Auto Safety.
The safety agency doesn’t have a problem with Ford’s approach.
“The support brackets that were the recall remedy, eliminated the safety-related consequence if they were properly installed,” N.H.T.S.A. spokesman Bryan Thomas said.”
Reminds me of the NHTSA safety engineer that I worked with and had a great reputation. He bought a Windstar and was very sorry he did so.