Reuters reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating certain Ford Crown Victoria, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper models for potential defects. NHTSA is currently looking into 2005-2008 Crown Victoria police car models for steering column failures that could cause the upper and lower portions of the steering shaft to separate. Such a condition would lead to a loss of control. So far there are 195,000 vehicles involved with 15 warranty claims.

Meanwhile, 10,000 Porsche 911 sports cars are under investigation for a faulty cooling hose fitting. The loose hose could cause a rapid loss of coolant that could not only damage the engine, but cause a slick road surface that could pose a danger to other traffic. The investigation is only concerned with models equipped with 2001-2007 models. There have been 10 owner complaints of failures, with one owner saying the coolant caused him to loose control and spin the vehicle off of the road.

Investigators are also looking into certain 2005-2006 Dodge Viper models for a rear suspension knuckle failure. Two owners have filed complaints after crashes, and NHTSA is now looking into 2,500 of the vehicles.

Note: these probes aren't recalls, but can lead to them if NHTSA or the automakers find sufficient evidence of danger to drivers.


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      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The investigation is only concerned with models equipped with 2001-2007 models." *scratches head*
      lise.farley
      • 1 Year Ago
      the real defect is the drivers.......
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      loose control?
      iwtbygm
      • 1 Year Ago
      207,000 recalled older police cars (2001 - 2008) recalled. not bad compaired to the millions of POS new toyotas recalled. toyota - lets go places - lets go back to the dealership for a recall.
      sfblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Our 997 always smelled of coolant, so did my friends 997, and some I've been behind of at red lights.
      gosoaring10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dodge Viper cop cars?? Must be in Beverly Hills only.
      arenadood
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you haven't changed your cooling system hoses on your 01 thru 07 car you are not taking care of your car properly. This is not a manufacturers problem, it is a user defect.
      stang1985
      • 1 Year Ago
      Steering column failures? Could they be the result of Mr. 300 pound cop pushing down on it to get his fat butt out of the car? Or maybe when Mr. 300 pound cop grabs the top and uses it to support himself while trying to wedge himself into the seat?
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      For a second it sounded like a need for speed hot pursuit chase. not the case!
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are those Crown Vic steering columns failing after they have been auctioned off and retrofitted with22's and boom boxes? The column probably breaks from driver rapping on steering wheel while jumping up and down and swinging side to side.
      DeanStevenson
      • 1 Year Ago
      You "lose control" while driving. You "loose control" when drinking.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DeanStevenson
        I think using "loose" as a verb is more of a British thing than an American thing.
      ROY
      • 1 Year Ago
      work on crown victoria police cars everyday ,worst police cars ever ,.glad they are not making them anymore.Give me a chevy anyday.
        Frank
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROY
        own and work on crown vics everyday the best car out there by far for offical or police work
        str00ntz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROY
        Snort.. My buddy is an ASE Master tech, Chevy through and through, and LOVES the Vic. He laments that GM hasn't made cars this good in years..
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