Ford recently expanded their recall of 1998-2003 Windstars to include 37,000 more of the vehicles. The automobile manufacturer issued the initial recall in August after hundreds of complaints that the vehicle's rear axle is susceptible to dangerous corrosion.
Reports indicate that Ford expanded the recall because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 891 complaints about the vehicle's rear axle. NHTSA officials recently warned owners of Windstars to have their vehicle checked for dangerous rust damage. In addition, a 28-year old Massachusetts man was killed in a car accident caused by a corroded rear axle on his Windstar.
In May, Ford denied the possibility of an auto defect or any issues with the Windstar.
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According to Brown County Sheriff's department authorities, a 41-year-old Appleton man employed by Hattiesburg Paper Co. was killed last week after falling from a 30-foot tall scissor lift after it was struck by a forklift being operated by another employee. A third worker was injured and remains in stable condition at an area hospital.
The accident occurred Friday morning at the plant, located at 2641 N. Packerland Drive.
The plant was shut down until 6:30 AM, when work resumed. Employee assistance program respresentatives were brought on site later that day for employees who wished to meet with counselors and other personnel.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it will launch an investigation into the incident. It could take up to six months before answers can be found due to employee interviews and equipment evaluations, among other things, they say.
"I'm confident that the investigators are going to do a thorough job to ensure they look at the entire situation to help prevent this from happening again," said Scott Allen, a spokesman for the OSHA.