What Happens When An Axle Snaps

The Ford Windstar minivan is being recalled to deal with a design defect in the rear axle. Here is NHTSA analysis video of what happens when the axle separates. The read of the car begins to steer in random, different directions. This makes the steering wheel nearly useless. Note how the professional driver in this video is saved from a rollover by the attached stabilizer bars.

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