Ford Motor Corp. (NYSE: F) is recalling 370,000 vehicles, across more than 20 states, due to extreme corrosion concerns that could cause steering control loss. The recall affects vehicles in more than 20 states and Canada.
The recalled Ford vehicles include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria models, 2005 to 2011 Lincoln Town Car models and 2005 to 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis models. The affected states include 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, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, where the cars were originally sold or are now registered.
The recall affects 355,000 cars in the United States and 15,000 vehicles in Canada. The voluntary recall is due to severe corrosion that could affect the steering column, causing a loss in steering control that increases the risk of a crash or accident. Per the recall statement, “Severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate.”
For is currently notifying dealers and owners of the affected vehicles about the recall. Vehicle owners can have the lower intermediate shaft replaced at no cost and, as part of the inspection, the upper intermediate shaft or steering column may be repaired or replaced if the parts show damage due to corrosion. Ford will begin the recall on Oct. 21, 2013 and owners can call 1-866-436-7332 and reference recall number 13S08. Vehicle owners of the affected models, but not in the states listed, can contact Ford to schedule an inspection and, if need be, have their car’s lower intermediate shaft repaired.