DETROIT – Avoiding a potentially embarrassing recall, Ford Motor Co. has been quietly fixing defects on ’03 Ford Expedition SUVs before it releases them to dealerships, press reports say. Between 1,000, and 2,000 early production models of the fullsize SUV reportedly have poor welds in the rear suspension area. Dana Corp., maker of the Expedition frame, is said to be working with an independent contractor to re-weld faulty spots on the trucks at a hangar of the Willow Run airport in ...

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