Feds Probe 2005-'08 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor


  • 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors Picture

    2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 195,000 2005-'08 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. | May 01, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA is investigating an estimated 195,000 2005-'08 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors for a possible steering problem.
  • NHTSA said the separation of the lower steering column shaft from the upper steering column shaft could result in a loss of steering control in the cars.
  • Ford told Edmunds it is cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 195,000 2005-'08 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors for a possible steering problem.

"Separation of the lower steering column shaft from the upper steering column shaft (could result) in a loss of steering control," said NHTSA in its problem description.

No crashes, injuries or fatalities have been linked to the investigation. NHTSA says there have been 15 warranty claims related to loss of steering.

Ford told Edmunds it is cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation.

Federal safety regulators have opened what is called an "engineering analysis" into the matter, upgrading a defect investigation into the cars. Such a move can sometimes result in a recall, although the cars have not been recalled at this point.

Edmunds says: Many of these cars are in fleets of police vehicles around the U.S. Owners will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work before determining if any action is necessary.

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