US closes Ford steering probe without recall | Fox News
DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators have
closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford
full-size cars without seeking a recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began
investigating problems in the 2004 through 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and
Mercury Grand Marquis and Marauder cars in July. The agency was looking
into complaints that a heat shield could rust, dislodge and cause the
steering shaft to jam.
Investigators reviewed 18 complaints about the problem and found that
it occurred infrequently, only in 1.6 vehicles per 100,000. The agency
says one report of a rollover crash on a highway entrance ramp could not
The agency also says six of the complaints came from one state police
agency which fixed the problems and hasn't had any further trouble.