The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will recall some 370,000 Crown
Victoria (pictured), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car
vehicles from model years 2005 through 2011, for an issue regarding
the lower intermediate steering shaft. 355,000 of the vehicles in
question were sold in the US, with the other 15,000 sold in Canada.
The report indicates that corrosion of the lower intermediate steering
shaft could cause a "loss of steering," presumably because
of a partial or complete failure of the part. The report points out
the dealers will inspect and replace the offending steering component
for recalled cars, and may also secure a lower steering column bearing
and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft as needed. The
company is unaware of any reports of the faulty part causing any
accidents or injuries.
Ford helpfully lists states in which corrosion is more likely to have
taken place, mostly in the Snow Belt, as you might guess. Connecticut,
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia,
Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia are listed.