On certain vehicles, a defect in the Lighting Control Module could cause the headlight high and low beams to become inoperative without warning, causing the headlights to revert to reduced-voltage daytime running light function. This would cause a reduction in lighting output, potentially increasing the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will replace the Lighting Control Module.
The wheels of certain Police Interceptor vehicles may crack, particularly when exposed to severe loading in high speed pursuit situations. Often cracked wheels can be identified as a result of slow air leaks, steering wheel nibble, or difficulty or inability to properly balance a wheel and tire assembly. In time, the cracks could propagate circumferentially and lead to sudden air loss, which could result in a loss of vehicle control and a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the wheels.
On certain Police Interceptors and Commercial Heavy Duty (Taxi) vehicles, the dash outer sound insulator could sag and possibly contact the surface of the light-off catalyst. If this occurs, the insulator might experience charring of the outer layer, burning odour, or smoke which may result in a fire. Correction: Dealers will remove a section of the dash outer sound insulator above the light-off catalysts and replace that portion with a redesigned insulating material that has an aluminium outer layer and a full adhesive backing.
Certain Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, Crown Victoria commercial vehicles and Lincoln Town Car fleet vehicles. As opposed to civilian vehicles, the potentially affected vehicles typically input higher loads into the vehicle chassis, including the wheel bearings and axles, as a result of steering, suspension and tire design differences, as well as vehicle usage patterns and vehicle operating weight. The increased loading and/or weight these vehicles experience during their high duty cycles result in increased stress on the rear axle shafts and bearings. This may lead to early bearing failure and ultimately axle shaft fracture. In the event of axle shaft fracture, the vehicle would loose drive function and would coast to a stop. The wheel is likely to be retained in the wheel well by the brake caliper and brake rotor, and vehicle control is maintained. Correction: Dealers will replace rear wheel bearings, seals and axle shafts.
On certain natural gas vehicles, in the rare circumstance that a flame from a vehicle interior fire becomes locally directed at the natural gas tank located immediately behind the rear seat, the locally directed flame could damage the fiberglass wrap on the tank thereby reducing the hoop strength of the tank. If the hoop strength is significantly compromised, the tank could rupture and potentially result in personal injury. Correction: Dealer will install an insulator behind the seat back.
On certain vehicles in police and taxi applications, the steel wheels could crack due to loads input to the wheels as a result of the unique tires and suspensions used. Correction: Dealer will replace the wheels that have a manufacturing date between August 18, 2001 and September 22, 2002.