Ford Motor Co. announced it is recalling about 370,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars produced between 2005 through 2011 because corrosion could cause a loss of steering. The safety recall includes about 355,000 vehicles in the U.S. and another 15,000 in Canada.
The recall is focused on vehicles in 22 states and Washington, DC, and includes about 195,000 Crown Victoria police cars.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been investigating multiple complaints about steering loss in 2005-2008 Crown Victoria cars outfitted for use by police.
Ford said owners in other states, who may not receive notice of the recall in the mail, could take their vehicles to Ford dealers for a check-up, and, if necessary, the cars would be repaired at no cost to the consumers. Federal law requires auto manufacturers to provide auto safety recall repairs at no cost to the owners.
Unfortunately, if the vehicles are owned by new or used car dealers who do not have a Ford franchise, they may not be repaired before they are rented, sold, or loaned to unsuspecting used car buyers. Auto dealers are fighting attempts in Washington, DC and Sacramento to help ensure that dealers have the safety recall repairs performed — for FREE — before they foist them off on their customers.
Did a dealer sell you an unsafe, recalled used car? If they did, CARS wants to hear from you — here’s where to contact CARS.
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