In a pre-emptive move, American auto-maker is recalling three models of cars which have been found to have a faulty steering shaft.
Ford Motor Company has recalled 370,000 vehicles of the make Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marquis from Canada and the US which were manufactured between 2005 and 2011. It was found that there was a risk of corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft for these vehicles, which could lead to a loss of steering control while in operation.
The car maker is set to replace the part for free for all cars that are brought back to them starting October 21 if it shows signs of corrosion, or to simply secure the lower steering column bearing. It will depend on what is found during the inspection. Car owners are encouraged to get in touch with Ford to find out more about the recall.
If the recall had not been made, and a motorist suffers injury from a car crashed caused by the separation of the bearing or corrosion of the shaft, it could mean a considerable financial settlement. Affected car owners include but are not limited to those from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio.