By Balitang America Staff

March 7, 2013

Two of the industry’s top automakers announced recalls on several of their popular models.

Ford is recalling 230,000 of its minivans in cold-weather states, to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.

The company says the recall affects Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans, from the 2004 through 2007 model years. They were sold mainly in the U.S. and Canada.

The company says no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.

Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets, outside of the area that can rust. They’ll also install panels above the rear wheels, to prevent water from entering.

Ford said affected owners will be notified by letter later this month.

Self-starting engine recall

Japanese automaker Subaru is also recalling 47,000 of its cars and SUV, because they said their engines might start on their own.

The recall includes model year 2010 to 2013 Legacy passenger cars, and Outback SUV equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission, and an Audiovox remote engine starter accessory.

Their 2012 and 2013 Imprezas and 2013 XV Crosstrek SUV, equipped with the same transmission and remote starters, are also being recalled.

Subaru said they will notify owners, and dealers and will replace defective systems free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of April.

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