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Vehicle recalls for three automakers

Ford Motor Co. joined two other automakers, Volkswagen and Chrysler, yesterday in announcing vehicle recalls that affect drivers in Canada.

Ford Motor Co. joined two other automakers, Volkswagen and Chrysler, yesterday in announcing vehicle recalls that affect drivers in Canada.

In Ford’s case, the announcement involves the expansion of an existing recall of 575,000 older-model Windstars over concerns that their rear axles can corrode and break.

The initial recall, which was announced in August, has now been expanded to include an additional 37,000 minivans, bringing the total number of Windstars covered to 612,000 in the United States and Canada.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said 8,000 Canadian vehicles are included in the expanded recall.

The Chrysler and Volkswagen recalls involve a combined 87,000 vehicles in Canada.

Chrysler Canada issued a recall of more than 50,000 minivans because of a problem that can cause the airbag to accidentally deploy.

The recall, part of a larger U.S. recall of more than 360,000 vans, covers Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country 2008 models.

Chrysler said it will inspect and replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning drain hose parts that may have been improperly installed on some vehicles.

The issue could cause moisture to collect on the floor and damage the airbag deployment module, but Chrysler said it was not aware of any crashes caused by the issue.

Volkswagen Canada recalled about 37,000 vehicles due to a potential problem with the windshield wiper fluid tank that could lead to a fire.

 
 
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