Ford Crown Victoria police cars probed over steering defect image

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started to investigate over 190,000 police vehicles made by Ford for some defective steering columns.

According to the Government safety regulators, the probe affects about 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years.

NHTSA said it has received three complaints alleging a separation of the upper intermediate shaft from the steering column resulting in loss of steering control.

Investigators will determine if the cars have a safety defect and whether a recall is needed. So far the vehicles haven’t been recalled.

The Ford Crown Victoria was the police car of choice for 15 years before Ford Motor CO. stopped making it at the end of 2011.
The car controlled 70 percent of the police car market and averaged sales of 50,000 annually.

The investigation only affects police versions of the Crown Victoria.