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Feds Investigate Ford CVPI Steering Failure

September 17, 2012  | 

2008 Ford CVPI. Photo courtesy of Ford.
2008 Ford CVPI. Photo courtesy of Ford.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of a steering failure on Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptors in the 2005-2008 model years.

A possible recall could affect as many as 195,000 vehicles, according to documents posted on the NHTSA Website.

The Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department and Tucson Police Department have reported that officers experienced steering failures on six Ford CVPI vehicles. The agencies conducted inspections of their respective police fleets of approximately 400 and 350 vehicles respectively.

The agencies have filed written complaints with NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation. In all, 13 complaints have been filed claiming steering failures.

The automaker is cooperating with the agency and has begun an investigation into the issue, a Ford Motor Co. spokeswoman told POLICE Magazine.

"We'll certainly cooperate with the agency," said Susan Krusel, Ford's global corporate communications manager. "We've just begun our analysis and have very little information regarding the reports."

In their filings, fleet managers alleged the cars lost steering control after the upper intermediate steering shaft separated from the steering column.

Ford ceased production of the CVPI with the 2011 model year, and has since replaced it with the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility.

By Paul Clinton

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Kemper @ 9/18/2012 12:48 PM

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D Cardwell @ 4/18/2014 4:44 AM

Im a police officer in Canada and have a 2012 Ford Explorer for a personal vehicle. The power steering failed and and it was replaced twice. This is an ongoing problem with Ford and is documented on the internet by many owners. This is a serious safety issue. York Regional Police purchased Ford Explorers for patrol vehicles. Even a bigger safety issue. When is Ford and the Government going to step up and order a recall. I have lost faith in Ford and the governing bodies. I hate to be a conspiracy advocate but this stinks. It is recognized by Ford and investigated by the safety bodies in the U.S. but what makes the media is a Toyota recall. Embarrassing and pathetic

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