Government safety regulators are investigating Ford's Crown Victoria
police cars due to complaints about defective steering columns.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe affects
about 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years.
government has gotten three complaints that part of the steering column
can separate and cause loss of steering control. No crashes or injuries
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 Crown Victoria was the police car of
choice in the U.S. for 15 years before Ford stopped making it at the end
of 2011. It controlled 70% of the police car market and averaged sales
of 50,000 annually.