U.S. reviews 517K older Ford cars for lighting defect

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it will review a petition for a formal investigation into 517,945 2003-05 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis cars for lighting problems.

The North Carolina Consumers Council has asked for a defect investigation for headlight and exterior lighting failure on 2003-05 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles. The petition says a defect in the lighting control module that powers the headlights can result in the loss of vehicle headlights and all exterior lighting while driving.

NHTSA investigated the issue in 2008 without demanding a recall.

The petitioner notes that Ford recently extended the vehicle warranty for this part to 15 years or 250,000 miles. The petition also says that service replacement parts were not readily available for warranty repairs at the time of the petition submission.

Ford didn’t immediately comment.