MILES CAN’T TAKE A CROWN VIC OFF THE ROAD, BUT ZERO FORWARD VISIBILITY CAN

Ford Panther Platform sedans may be fundamentally unkillable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t suffer from the occasional affliction. The latest one to come to light is, we’d say, fairly serious: a lighting control module that can malfunction, plunging you into inky blackness as you roar down the interstate. It’s led to a recall of nearly 313,000 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans.

Specifically, “the solder joints on the module could crack and interrupt power to the headlamps — increasing the risk of crash at night,” Ford’s statement explains. The automaker says this little electrical quirk has caused 11 known accidents and one minor injury.

Based on the number of Crown Victorias, Grand Marquis sedans, Marauders (remember those?) and Lincoln Town Cars we still see cruising around metropolitan Detroit, we’d guess that 75 percent of those recalled cars are on the road just waiting to lose forward visibility at an inopportune moment. So get that module fixed, Panther Nation: Dealers will replace it at no cost to you.

Ford also released three other recalls impacting a smaller number of vehicles: one to fix a saftey-belt retractor/pretensioner assembly on certain 2015 Ford F150 SuperCrew pickups, another to replace rear air-brake chambers on some 2016 Ford F650 and F750 trucks, and one to replace the rear-axle shafts on some dual-rear-wheel 2015 Ford Transits.

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