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NHTSA Says Ford May Have Steering Issues

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On: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:01PM | By: Karen Cook

NHTSA Says Ford May Have Steering Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation concerning 2004-2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Mercury Marauder vehicles, all produced by Ford. The investigation stems from five complaints received by the NHTSA stating that the vehicles became difficult or impossible to steer while driving.

The initial findings have been that “the driver’s side exhaust manifold shield can dislodge due to corrosion of the attachment bolts and become jammed between the manifold and steering shaft preventing the steering from turning or requiring excessive force to overcome the interference” according to the NHTSA.

In layman’s terms, this means that parts near the steering mechanism can rust and fall into the steering shaft. Unless you are strong enough to turn the wheel hard enough to cause the part to fall away, you won’t be able to steer your vehicle. In one of the reported incidents “the heat shield was discovered to be dislodged [causing] the alleged obstruction between the steering shaft and the engine block”. This happened while the driver was attempting to navigate an interstate entrance ramp and this led to a crash wherein the vehicle rolled over and injured the driver.

At this point the NHTSA is still “probing” the reports and an official recall will not be issued unless the investigation shows the need to repair all of these cars. Ford says they are cooperating with the NHTSA in this matter.

Since there is no recall yet, there is no action required on the part of owners. If you are driving an affected vehicle you will receive a notice by mail if and when an official recall is issued. However, if you feel your car may be having steering problems, take it to your dealer immediately. If you would like to contact Ford with questions, they may be reached at 1-800-392-3673.


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