WASHINGTON (Feb. 1)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded its investigation of 926,000 Ford Windstar minivans to an engineering analysis after receiving reports that a spring in the suspension system can break and puncture a tire. The agency is probing Windstars made from 1995-98. It has gathered 199 complaints of the front suspension coil breaking and causing tire punctures at highway speeds. No crashes, injuries or fatalities have been reported, a spokesman said. The agency also is investigating Volkswagen Jetta, Passat and Cabrio models—years 1993-2000—after receiving 31 complaints that the fuel tanks can be punctured from right rear tire blowouts. No reports of deaths or injuries have been filed with NHTSA.
NHTSA probes Ford, Volkswagen
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