Ford recalls 370,000 Lincoln, Mercury, and Ford sedans

Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:31pm EDT

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is recalling about 370,000 model year 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans in the United States and Canada to fix a steering shaft issue, the company said in a statement.

Corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft of vehicles in "high corrosion states and provinces" may result in the loss of steering, the company said.

The 355,000 vehicles in the U.S. recall are in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The remaining 15,000 cars are in Canada.

Ford said that dealers will inspect and replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and, if necessary, secure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

The company was unaware of any accidents or injuries linked to the issue, it said.

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Comments (2)
Vapor wrote:
So they plan to replace the part with the same part that will also corrode

The only reason they do this is because it causes a safety concern, 1in31 manual transmission made for Mustang went bad before 15k miles, but NHTSA didn’t make them recall because it isn’t a safety risk

Sep 01, 2013 3:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dean1429 wrote:
Ford needs to recall all new Fords that do not have gas caps- just a hole with a flap about 3″ deep. After fillups the gas smell is bad. Another new and improved idea???? I will never buy another car without checking for a gas cap.

Sep 02, 2013 10:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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