Saturday, August 31, 2013

US - Automotive Industry - An automaker recalls 370,000 vehicles in US, Canada due to steering risk. The corrosion problem may potentially result in loss of steering, the US automaker said

An automaker was recalling about 370,000 vehicles in North America due to possible corrosion of the steering shaft that could cause a loss of steering



Ford recalls 370,000 vehicles in US, Canada due to steering risk

NEW YORK, AUG 31:
Ford Motor Co said it was recalling about 370,000 vehicles in North America due to possible corrosion of the steering shaft that could cause a loss of steering. The recall, affecting the 2005-2011 model years of the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles, will take place in high-corrosion US states and Canadian provinces, Ford said in a statement.

About 355,000 of the recalled cars are located in the US and some 15,000 in Canada. The vehicles are affected by de-icing chemicals used on roads during winter months. Ford said it would replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and, if necessary, replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

The corrosion problem “may potentially result in loss of steering,” the US automaker said. “We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition,” it said.

Ford said any customers who have concerns regarding their vehicles’ steering would also be able to have their vehicles inspected and repaired if necessary.

Article Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/ford-recalls-370000-vehicles-due-to-steering-risk/article5078558.ece

Publication Date: 31 Aug 2013

1 comment:

  1. There is an organization in the US, Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to attend all Safety Complaints from the Public and network with the manufacturers for resolving those safety concerns. We don't have such system in India to collect the actual experience.

    Awareness on corrosion is very limited in our country. Corrosion is one of the main challenges for vehicles running in the coastal zones. There is no Indian standard addressing such environment specific concerns and calling for more stringent norms actually required for manufacturing process. Industrial and manufacturing community in India do not focus on finding the appropriate solutions for corrosion problems.

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