Ford issues recall for 313,000 vehicles that might have failing headlights

Ford Crown Victoria Recall over headlight issues

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it was issuing a recall for 313,000 older vehicles that might have headlight failures.

The recall is linked to 11 crashes and also includes 4,700 vans, pick-ups, and mid-sized trucks.

The automaker said it is recalling 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles to replace the lighting control module.

Headlights can fail when the module’s solder joints crack and interrupt power to the headlights – increasing the risk of crash at night.

The Ford Crown Victoria was a popular police vehicle that was phased out in 2011.

The Ford Crown Victoria was often used as a police vehicle or taxis before the automaker phased it out in 2011.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started a new investigation of more than 500,000 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis cars in August after reviewing more than 3,600 complaints of lighting failures and reports of 15 crashes and one injury.

The safety administration conducted a similar investigation into the lighting issue in 2008 but concluded at the time that a recall was not necessary since no crashes were linked to the issue.

NHTSA said some drivers were able to turn the lights back on, while some said lights flickered before turning off completely.

296,004 cars in the United States are being recalled while 14,714 in Canada and 2,096 in Mexico will also require a manufacturer fix. Dealers will replace the lighting control module to fix the issue.