The Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car may have driven off into the taxi queue, limo fleet and early bird buffet parking lot in the sky, but there are still millions of them on American roads. Ford is issuing a recall applying to approximately 370,000 of the troika of rear-drive workhorses. The recall applies to a corrosion-prone steering shaft that could be vulnerable in areas that receive heavy snowfall, and have roads treated with salt, The Detroit News reports.
The lower-intermediate steering shaft on 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car models could corrode and possibly break under some conditions.
Vehicles originally sold in Michigan, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia are affected by the recall.
Ford states that customers that routinely operate their vehicles in those regions, or have concerns about their steering safety, should contact their dealerships regarding the recall, and have their vehicles inspected and repaired, if necessary. Ford says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the steering shaft issues.
Source: The Detroit News