'Tis the season... for road salt. And with that, comes rust. And what does rust bring? Well, for Ford and General Motors, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation. According to The Detroit News, NHTSA is looking into potential recalls issues with Chevrolet Express vans and Ford Freestar minivans.

The feds have received five complaints that rust has caused leaking fuel filler pipes on 2003 Express vans. Separately, seven complaints have been filed over excessive rust in the rear wheel wells of 2004 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. The Freestar and Monterey went out of production in 2007. Neither issue has resulted in any crashes or injuries, according to the report.


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      cangelo629
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Have A 93 Ranger 4x4 Super Cab Zeroing In On 400,000 Miles Bought New I Live In North East Ohio Snow Snow Snow Very Little Rust And A 04 Ranger FX4 4X4 Super Cab 160.000 Miles Outside Of Normal Matainence I Have No Complaints Both Bodies Are in Good To Great Shape I Have Never Garaged Them I Did Have The 93 Rust Proofed When New With A Heat Applied Clear Wax And It Has Paid Off. Too Bad FORD Has Dropped The Ranger I Also Own A 94 And 95 F350 Dump Trucks No Rusting And Good Service One HAs Over 200.000 Miles The Other Is About 75,000 Miles Normal Repairs.
      jpl30@aol.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      The cause of the problem is the brine mixture and salt used on the roadways for ice removal.No matter what brand of vehicle you drive they all will rot out.There is no need for the use of excesive salt and brine being used on roadways,one alternative is to use stone dust which bonds to ice like sandpaper without having the negative effects of salt but that would be the right approach and our state and local goverments are just to stupid and ignorant to pick up on that because they lose tax revenue when you dont buy a new car or parts needed to replace the rotted ones.Also to mention why wont the manufactures use stainless steel lines which will not rust ,for the high cost of the new vehicle ,stainless steel should be used to eliminate this issue plus its safer as a brake line will not pop because it cannot rot.
      rotondojrr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2000 Silverado. I have repclaed all the brake line due to rust problems. Ther have been a lot of problems with Gm trucks. I could not get the spare tire from under the truck due to rust. I have heard that even the brace holding the gas tank rusting and the tank falling. I have been to the General Motor site and there are many people who have the same problem!
      gnvlscdt23f
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some things not mentioned here and poorly explained in the DetNews story should be pointed out: First, it's an investigation, not a recall. Secondly, it's not just about rust, but rust that presents a safety hazard. On the Chevy the fuel filler on the sub-model in question was routed through a wheel well where it gets directly sprayed by whatever's on the road. So it does seem to be a design defect, the result of which is the leaking of a highly flammable liquid. On the Ford, it's not just wheel wells rusting. It's a matter of seat latches mounted to those wheel wells are coming loose due to rust, meaning the seats could move in an accident. If it were just a rusting rocker panel, NHTSA wouldn't be involved.
      poncee22
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got a 77 Nova with some serious rust issues. If they win their lawsuit maybe I can get some sort of payoff or brand new car from GM. Ya think? A new Camaro would be fine.
      shardl1
      • 3 Years Ago
      HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR. I AM 72 YEARS OLD. I HAVE A 1997 FORD RANGER IT HAS BEEN SO GOOD TO ME. MY PURPOSE OF THIS COMMENT, IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I HANE OVER 300,OOO WAITING TO SEE IT HIT THE 400,000 MILES . I LOVE MY GREEN LADY. LOL LIKE I SAID I AM 72 AND I HAVE NEVER DONE ADDING A COMMENT THIS IS MY FIRST TIME. NO RUST TY.
      glalli2
      • 3 Years Ago
      the reason your car rusted is because it is 10 years old time tobuy a new one
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      My God! Five complaints on the Chevy, and seven on the Ford! Between Ford and Chevy they sold like, 4 billion cars during this time period! And 12 have rust! My God!
      ToucanSam
      • 3 Years Ago
      If all it took was 12 total complaints for a Fed investigation, when is NHTSA going to go after Nissan for front-diff problems with the Frontier and Xterras? How about the failing of timing chain guides in Nissan's VQ engines?
      kackie100@aol.co
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how Mercedes-benz is doing about that rust thingee?
      mt1975
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHat about the 5-10 year old Dodge junk pickups, that break behind the cab, so the vehicle is now a 2-piece, when the fuel pump goes out. Apparently designed so you cna keep driving the front half, while the rear half is having the fuel pump replaced, too bad, it only leaves 2 wheels in use at a time, yep sounds like something Chrysler Engineers would design. I don't know how many Dodge's I've heard of with this issue, they must have built it into the design, why else would the failure occur so many times.
      gentjk1866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2004 ford ranger that I tried to get Ford to warranty rust on but they claimed it had to be a hole all the way through the metal before they would warranty the claim. What a joke. The Ranger should be added to the list.
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