Dangerous steering malfunction in some Ford models under investigation
Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 3:11 pm
500,000 Ford SUVs are under scrutiny by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after the agency received five reports of a potentially dangerous steering malfunction, the Auto World Newsreported on Friday, July 11.
The 2004 to 2007 models of Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Mercury Marauder units are under investigation after the NHTSA found that an exhaust manifold heat shield could be dislodged, obstructing the steering shaft. In one of the five reports, a vehicle rolled over in a highway entrance ramp after the steering locked up, resulting in injuries.
Ford said it is willing to collaborate with the NHTSA on the investigation.
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