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THE RECALL: Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states, Washington, D.C., and Canada to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose. Affected are the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey from the 2004 through 2007 model years.
THE PROBLEM: Water loaded with road salt can get into the underside, causing rust that can weaken the mounting brackets to which the seats are attached.
THE SOLUTION: Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets, placing them outside of the area that can rust. They'll also put in panels above the rear wheels to prevent water from entering.