By Sean Gagnier, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Sept. 4, 2013) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 370,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from the 2005-11 model years to inspect and repair the lower steering shaft, the Detroit News reported.
Corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft could cause a "loss of steering," according to Ford.
The auto maker said it was not aware of any accidents related to the recall, the News said.
The recall covers 355,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. and 15,000 sold in Canada.
Dealers will inspect the vehicle, replace the lower intermediate steering shaft, and if needed, will affix a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft, Ford said.
The recall covers vehicles sold in states where high corrosion is likely to occur, mainly states that salt their roads in the winter.
This report appeared on the website of Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.