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Ford to recall 417,037 minivans for wiring

DETROIT, May 30 Reuters reported that the Ford Motor Co. will recall 417,037 Windstar minivans to fix a wiring problem that could lead to a fire, U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday.

The recall, involving 2000 and 2001 model year Windstars, will plug a gap in the right rear passenger compartment. The gap could become contaminated with dirt or water, causing a short circuit in an electrical connector.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that short circuit could lead to a failure in the lighting system, electrical connections for a trailer, and possibly a fire.

Dealers will inspect the minivans and offer free repairs.