Recall Roundup: Volvo Windshield Wipers Run Amok and Ford's Steering Rusts Up

By Jacob Brown | September 08, 2013
Several Ford and Volvo models are being recalled for various issues relating to steering shaft corrosion and windshield wiper malfunctions, respectively. Below are the details. Paragraphimage Ford Recalls 355,000 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, and Town Car Models for Potential Steering Shaft Failure Model year 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria (Police Interceptor models included), Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Cars are being recalled in states that experience snow to fix a steering wheel shaft that could potentially corrode and fail. Affected models were originally sold or are in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Because of a lower bearing shaft that could corrode and separate, affected models could lose the ability to steer. The recall affects approximately 355,000 cars. As a remedy, Ford will be notifying owners of said vehicles and will begin officially recalling the affected vehicles starting October 21. A clip will be installed in the steering shaft to keep it from separating, free of charge. Owners with any questions can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332, referencing recall number 13S08. The NHTSA can also be reached for more information at (888) 327-4236, referencing campaign 13V385000. Paragraphimage Volvo Recalls 7,800 Vehicles for Windshield Wiper Malfunctions Volvo is recalling 2014 S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 vehicles equipped with keyless push-button starters. In the affected vehicles, the Central Electronic Module may malfunction, leading to the windshield wipers running continuously while the car is on. Also, turn signals, headlights, and high beams may not work. The recall fortunately affects just a scant 7,767 vehicles, which will all need a reprogrammed CEM. Volvo has not yet announced when it will start recalling the aforementioned vehicles, but owners of the just-released cars and crossovers can reach Volvo at (800) 458-1552 for more information as well as the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236, referencing campaign number 13V377000. Source: NHTSA (1, 2)