Potential Steering Problem Prompts Ford Recall
DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) - Ford Motor Company has issued a recall that involves vehicles sold in 22 states, including Michigan.
The recall involves 370,000 cars, targeted because of potential corrosion to the steering shaft which could result in a loss of steering if the lower bearing separates, increasing the risk of a crash.
No serious accidents or injuries have been reported.
The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars.
Other states included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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.
Owners in other states can also ask for inspections and repairs.
The recall is expected to begin Oct. 21.
Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the lower intermediate shaft, free of charge. The upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of lower intermediate shaft corrosion, and repaired or replaced as necessary. If the steering column lower bearing has separated, a retainer clip will be installed.
Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Ford's recall number is 13S08.
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