Sept. 5, 2013—Ford Motor recalled 2005–2011 Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles. Severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft, which might cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering-column lower bearing to separate. If the lower bearing separates, the driver might lose the ability to steer, which would increase the risk of a crash.
The affected vehicles are registered or originally were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the lower intermediate shaft free. The upper intermediate shaft and steering-column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that might have occurred as a result of corrosion of the lower intermediate shaft and repaired or replaced as necessary. If the steering-column lower bearing has separated, a retainer clip will be installed. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 21, 2013.
Owners may call Ford at 866/436-7332. Owners also may call National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.