Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for the Mercury Grand Marquis.
Description of Recall
Ford is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria (including Crown Victoria police interceptors), Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car cars. The affected cars are currently registered or were originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate.
Severity of the Defect
If the lower bearing separates, the car may experience a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mercury’s Recommended Action
Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the lower intermediate shaft, free of charge. The upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of lower intermediate shaft corrosion, and repaired or replaced as necessary. If the steering column lower bearing has separated, a retainer clip will be installed. The recall ibegan on October 23, 2013. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s recall number is 13s08.