Ford police cars probed for steering defect

Government safety regulators are investigating Ford's Crown Victoriapolice cars due to complaints about defective steering columns.

TheNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe affectsabout 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years.

Thegovernment has gotten three complaints that part of the steering columncan separate and cause loss of steering control. No crashes or injurieswere reported.

Investigators will determine if the cars have asafety defect and whether a recall is needed. So far, the vehicleshaven't been recalled.

The Crown Victoria was the police car ofchoice in the U.S. for 15 years before Ford stopped making it at the endof 2011. It controlled 70% of the police car market and averaged salesof 50,000 annually.


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