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Ford recall: Steering problem affects 370,000 vehicles

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(Read caption) A line of Ford Crown Victorias set up for law enforcement wait for delivery at a dealership in Broomfield, Colo., in 2009. A new Ford recall involves Crown Victorias as well as Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans from model years 2005-11 because of a potential steering shaft problem.

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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 HampshireNew Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin andWest 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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