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Lincoln Town Cars, Ford Crown Victorias and Mercury Grand Marquis recalled for steering issue

The 2006 Ford Crown Victoria was part of

The 2006 Ford Crown Victoria was part of a 370,000 unit recall announced Aug. 31, 2013 that included Crown Victorias, Lincoln Town Cars and Marcury Grand Marquis cars from the 2005 through 2011 model years. The cars suffered from being liable to corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in a loss of steering. Credit: Ford

Ford Motor Co said Aug. 31 it 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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