Ford is conducting a safety recall of 355,000 sedans from the 2005 through 2011 model year due to corrosion that could lead to loss of steering.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website says that the vehicles involved in the recall are certain 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria (including Crown Victoria Police Interceptor units), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans.
Affected vehicles are currently registered or were originally sold in 22 states (Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia.
2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
According to the NHTSA bulletin, “severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate.
Following separation of the lower bearing, the vehicle could experience a loss of steering. This increases crash risk.
According to USA Today and other media outlets, there have been no reported accidents or injuries due to this condition.
2010 Lincoln Town Car
What Ford will do
Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the lower intermediate shaft at no charge. They will also inspect the upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of corrosion on the lower intermediate shaft and repair or replace as necessary. If the steering column lower bearing has separated, dealers will install a retainer clip.
The Ford safety recall, identified as No. 13S08, is expected to begin October 21, 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2005-2011 Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V385000.