The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints involving steering column shafts that can separate on Ford Crown Victoria. An official recall has not been issued yet, but a separated steering column could be dangerous in that it would cause the driver to lose all steering control of the vehicle. Fortunately, there have been no reported crashes or injuries associated with this issue.

Fox News reports that the NTHSA investigation applies to the 2005 through 2008 model years, accounting for around 195,000 police cars, but there have only been three confirmed instances where the car's steering shaft has failed. The report does state that police agencies have been inspecting their cruisers and there are at least 10 additional complaints of steering shafts that were found to be faulty.

While this problem does not apply to the civilian models of the Crown Vic, there are likely to be numerous privately owned cars affected by the problem since so many decommissioned police cars are purchased at auctions.


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      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Crown Vic. It's supposed to handle like that.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Ford POS. The funny part is that the Crown Vic will be worlds more reliable than the Taurus. "While this problem does not apply to the civilian models of the Crown Vic, there are likely to be numerous privately owned cars affected by the problem since so many decommissioned police cars are purchased at auctions. " Funny that a blog about cars would make that assertion and completely ignore the fact that there is no substantial difference between a civilian Crown Vic and a fleet Crown Vic. Which means that the steering column is exactly the same. So ALL Panther cars will be affected by this.
        g_jaguar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        And I can tell you, after working in STAP for 21 years, doing DSO and offline select jobs, that a great deal of police spec parts are NOT the same as the regular car, and fleet is also NOT the same as police units. Nice try though.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          External oil cooler, higher idle speed, higher compression ratio, upgraded air intake from the Marauder, upgraded drive shaft, reinforced frame and body mounts, severe duty shocks, stainless steel dual exhaust (regular crown vics are single), higher rate springs, increased ground clearance, rear anti-roll bar, upgraded alternator, and a bigger battery. If your mom is home schooling you I'd recommend she re-teach comparitives to you. Because a list that long is definitely substantial.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          Wow, you're actuallu using an article from ehow.com (THE automotive authority lol) to back up your false claims? You are in so far over your head it's hysterical. Dude, you clearly haven't the first clue as to what you are talking about (as with all comments you make). Just stop now. "Anti stab plates in the seats". That one made me LOL the most from that link. Too funny.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          http://www.ehow.com/list_7369966_crown-victoria-police-interceptor-specifications.html If I knew which bridge you lived under I could send you a copy of the CVPI ordering guide from my Uncle (he is a cop). However the majority of the information is given (at least qualitatively) on that link. I never provide facts, you're the wolrd's best troll. I do look foward to you providing links to prove your drivel about the new PI being less reliable than the Caprice or the atrocious Charger PI. I won't hold my breath...
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          Like I said, the official order brochure is a published reference, but I don't plan to start scanning in pages. Would you like me to cite it MLA style? I also don't have your f-ed up sense of humor, I don't know what's funny about having stab plates in the seats. They were also the first police car to offer ballistic door panels and was the first and still the only car to be certified to withstand a 75 MPH rear collision.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          Hey little boy, do you know what the word "substantial" means? And do you have a link to back up your drivel? Of course you don't, you never provide facts. And a higher compression ratio? Bwhahahahaha!!! WRONG, try again. And you do realize that aside from the Maruder MAF (which is a stock part BTW so nothing special there), most if not all of that could be had on the Crown Vic Sport? You're such a mook.
        g_jaguar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Thicker front sway bars. Different a/c units. heaver frames. The driveshaft is NOT shorter (unless you're talking the TC or the stretch vics) , just a different material. (I also installed those my first few years there) As I said, I had to do offline select. And there were 3 different parts the last few years. Regular car, police unit, and Town Car. Those parts, among many other, were physically different. Are you having a hard time understanding that?
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          No, you're wrong. Are you Merlot's brother? The driveshaft IS shorter. The transmission has a longer housing to accomidate a shorter drive shaft. A shorter drive shaft is needed due to something called 'driveline harmonics'. So, clearly, you dodn't work at STAP, because even the janitor would know that, yes, indeed, the driveshaft is shorter. This is like shooting fish in a barrel.
          g_jaguar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g_jaguar
          Wow...just, wow. So, the transmission is different for the PI's? But...it's the same as the regular cars. So what is it? Longer, thus requiring a shorter driveshaft, or the same, because all the parts are the same? Do you always talk yourself into a corner like that? At any rate, yes, I did work there. I made this account, and posted for the benefit of OTHER people reading the comments. Not to feed your childish trolls. For the record, if the PI driveshaft is actually a different length, it's not noticeable when handling 600 a day. (which I might add, sucks.)
        Me
        • 6 Days Ago
        @That Guy

        That Guy is in fact a DILDO

        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Aaaaaand you're wrong. Just like the new Police Interceptor and Police Interceptor Utility there are numerous mechanical differences between the civilian and police models of the Crown Vic. It is clearly stated by mechanical specs and has already been noted by actual police officers who have driven them (not just armchair asshats like you).
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          You've driven it or been driven in it? There is a difference. You being escorted to the slammer for a drunk and disorderly (or playing hookey from 3rd grade, still not sure which form of immature you are) does not count as you driving it. The Taurus is the second best-selling large sedan in America right now and the Explorer is the best selling full-size crossover in America and one of the most exported vehicles in the United States, they didn't need to sell an extra 5,000 a month to the police just to keep the factory running.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Oh, you must be talking about the "we need to keep the factory huming" Taurus PI and Explorer PI. And there is less changed from the Taurus to the Taurus PI than there was from a Crown Vic to a P71. And how many times must I tell you, I have driven my city's new Taurus squad. It's a terrible car. How many have you driven? Oh that's right, 12 year olds can't drive.
        Headcase
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        I can enlighten you on the differences between an '06 P71and a civvy CV at least. Yes, there are MANY. Water to oil cooler. Heavy trans cooler. Power steering cooler. Stronger trans...4R75 vs 4R70. Thicker anti-sway bars. High-rate coils springs front and rear, also rides an inch+ higher. HEAVY steel rims (57 pounds each with tire vs about 42 with stock aluminum rim). Stronger rack and pinion. Ditto the lower steering shaft. Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires. MEAN brakes. PCM programming is completely different, which is where most of the extra power is made over a civilian car. The engines themselves are basically the same. Marauder/high-flow zip tube (air intake). Additional frame support/brackets. Traction-Lock rear diff. Aluminum driveshaft. Steel front lower control arms vs standard aluminum. Heavy duty shocks. Stainless steel dual exhaust, including mufflers...resonators deleted. Police wiring harness. 200 amp alternator with internal slip clutch. Shall I go on? Oh...and vomit resistant rear seat fabric...you can't beat that! I'm having steering issues as well with this car, and while looking a steering shaft up I noticed it's a different part that civilian cars have. 200 bucks for this pos that sticks badly every 1/4 turn. It's a triple u-jointed, dogleg-looking, bent dick, over-engineered, useless piece of metal. I'd like to b-slap the committee of over-zealous keyboard cowboys who let their computers design this gem.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why did i automatically read that headline as "oversteering issues"? I almost started a rant about that being a somewhat .desirable characteristc of a police cruiser.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "License and registration" "What model year Crown Vic you there officer?" "It's about 2005/2006" VRROOOOOOOMMM
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ruh roh Raggy.
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