Ford Motor Co has announced the recall of approximately 370,000 Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car in cold weather states as well as Canada because of a possible for loss of steering control due to corrosion from road salt
States involved include Connecticut, Delaware, 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, as well as Washington DC.
“Customers located in other states who routinely operate their vehicles in one of these areas, or customers who have concerns regarding their steering, will also be able to have their vehicles inspected by dealers who will “replace the lower intermediate steering shaft, and if necessary affix a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft,” according to Ford.
Although the cars are no longer manufactured, the Crown Victoria Interceptor was used for years as the standard patrol car by police departments throughout the US, up until September 2011, when they were replaced with the 6th generation Taurus as well as the Dodge Charger.*
For more information about the recall readers can call Ford at 800-392-3673, Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm., and Sat. 9am-5:30pm
*Other commonly used police vehicles include: Ford Edge (2010–present); · Ford Explorer (SSV); · Ford Expedition (SSV); · Ford Excursion (SSV); and Ford Econoline ( in service with many bomb squad and SWAT units and prisoner transports).