Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Woodbury County Sheriff's Deputy Jim McCrystal poses in January 2011 with his Crown Victoria patrol car. Government safety regulators are investigating Ford's Crown Victoria police cars due to complaints about defective steering columns.

 

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Police Department is monitoring its Ford Crown Victorias for defective steering columns, an official said Monday. The Woodbury and Plymouth County sheriff’s offices are also on alert for problems.

Government safety regulators have received three complaints that a portion of the column can separate and cause steering loss. Two were in police cars and one was in a municipal government vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The federal investigation involves about 195,000 cars in the 2005-2008 model years. It affects only police versions of the Crown Victoria. No recall has been issued.

The Crown Victoria for years was the most popular law enforcement car in the country. Ford Motor Co. stopped making the model in 2011.

Sioux City police have three Crown Victorias from within the effected time period. The agency mostly uses Chevy Impalas, made by General Motors Co.

Police Officer Chad Sheehan said the department investigates all safety complaints and recalls.

The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office has six Crown Victoria police interceptors. No problems have been reported, said Chief Deputy Greg Logan.

Because the office has so few of the Crown Victorias in the year range, a recall would have a minimal effect, Logan said. He said spare cars in the fleet could be used to fill the gap during a recall.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating its remaining Crown Victoria, a 2007 model, said Chief Deputy Craig Bartolozzi.

“We haven’t had any problems with it, but we’ll have it checked out,” he said.

Journal staff writers Bret Hayworth and Lauren Mills and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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