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Ford is recalling 16,330 of its trusty Transit Connect work vans due to faulty windshield wiper arms. All of the affected models are from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the wiper arms on these Transit Connect models may not have been properly riveted, resulting in "incomplete or inconsistent clearing of the windshield and possible detachment of the wiper arm." NHTSA points out that if the wiper becomes detached, a driver's visibility can be reduced, which can of course lead to a crash.

Ford will begin notifying Transit Connect owners about this problem starting in mid-August, and dealers will replace both wiper arms on affected vehicles free of charge. Scroll down to read the official NHTSA report.
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Vehicle Make / Model: FORD / TRANSIT CONNECT
Model Year(s): 2011-2012
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 30, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V374000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16,330

Summary

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Transit Connect vehicles. The wiper arms may not be adequately riveted resulting in incomplete or inconsistent clearing of the windshield and possible detachment of the wiper arm.

Consequence

If the wiper arm detaches, the windshield wiper will fail and the driver's visibility may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side wiper arm and blade assemblies, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 13, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Notes

Ford's recall campaign number is 12S36. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      terbob3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drive nothing but Ford products. No manufacturer has a perfect product. With that being said, I would still drive a Ford over any import anyday.
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @terbob3
        So you're saying you'd drive a Ford Windstar over a Ferrari 458 Italia. Got it.
          Michael
          • 2 Years Ago
          @404 not found
          not a good comparison but yes! A GT over the Ferrari what ever anyday
        mt1975
        • 2 Years Ago
        @terbob3
        Toyota is a lot more perfect than any American maker, I have owned several American pieces of junk, but can't believe I didn't buy my Tacoma years ago. 4WD, 4.0 Liter, 6 foot box, 4 doors, 17 inch tires, and 24 MPG at 75 MPH, Detroit can not compete. My truck has 39,000 miles on it and have never been to the mechanic other than oil changes. My Tacoma kills Detroit so bad, that Detroit stopepd selling Rangers, and Colorados, like they even came close to comparsion in the first place. Tacoma blew Rangers and Colorados out of the water. Everything was by far superior to Dakotas, but I don't keep track of Chrysler junk (The king of the Junk Pile). I look forward to the day that no mar Chryslers will inhabit the side of the road. Take Chrylers off the line, and tow to the scrap yard, cause they will be there within minutes anyways, Save the Consumers the hassle.
          frost54661
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mt1975
          And who's been the king of recalls the past few years? Toyota.
          Maple Park Sales
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mt1975
          Really, check your chassis and see if it's rusting away. I see loads of chassis' heading in the Toyota dealer driveway every week just for that reason. I bought a new 82 Toyota pickup and the rust started w/in 3 years, sold it quick, was my last.
        Tutu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @terbob3
        While not a big fan of Ford, I have made up my mind that when and if I buy another vehicle, it will be a Ford, just on the basis of the fact that they did not take bailout money from the fed. govt. I also think that if you don't like Ford, well and good jsut don't try to take the rights of those that do away from them. Ever stop to think that others don't like what you do?
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love that Ford Quality everyone is crowing about. Meet the new Ford, same as the old Ford.
        RTHKI
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        everyone is having recalls
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RTHKI
          That may be true.....but the Ford lovers deny that Fords ever have issues while making mountains out of mole hills for other manufactures. I'm actually surprised Ford is even issuing recalls lately. Their M.O. of not too long ago was to never acknowledge recalls and deny there are issues.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RTHKI
          "Their M.O. of not too long ago was to never acknowledge recalls and deny there are issues." So then how is the new Ford the same as the old Ford? ... Bazinga moron...
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RTHKI
          True but if the companies didn't have to they wouldn't... I am old enough to remember a time when quality and design flaws were just the consumers tough luck. It was perfectly ok for the dealer to say "they all do that" and blow off your problem.
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          @RTHKI
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        Oscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Hey "Pushrod", funny how you are always mute with the GM recalls. Case in point, cracking control arms on the Impalas....and not a peep from Silvy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Oscar
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        Michael
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        sounds like a bowtie boy. Yep boy.
      mebecarl
      • 2 Years Ago
      Add THAT problem to Ford's usual problems, like with their brake lights). 100-PLUS years and they still can't wire a harness correctly!
      mt1975
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't Buy American, and Problem is solved.
      Danrar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are these the same wiper arms that had to be modified because the US government didn't like the original wipe pattern?
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder why the NHTSA has never looked into the wiper motor issue on '80's - 2000's crown vic's, Marquis and T-birds. These are known to fail. Nothing like being wiperless in a rain storm. *raises hand from personal experience*
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      F ixed O r R epaired D aily
      Major
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would think they'd recall them because they are so ugly. And the price tag for these things...?
      eb50tj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boy oh boy... what next, blame the rain because you cant drive???? What a disaster, call in flash and the green hornet!
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