U.S. regulators are watching about 100,000 Ford and
Mercury minivans for potential rust problems.
In March, Ford recalled about 230,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans to fix rust that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.
The recall covered minivans from the 2004 through 2007 model years that were sold or registered in 20 cold-weather states and Canada where salt is used on roads in the winter.
Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will monitor for problems on minivans sold outside the salt belt and not covered by the recall. The agency says it's aware of only one rust complaint from an owner outside the recall areas.
Owners can contact Ford and seek repairs if vans show signs of rust in the wheel wells.
Originally published by Associated Press.
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