Ford Motor Co. is recalling 355,000 2005-2011 model-year Ford Crown Victoria (including Crown Victoria Police Interceptors), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles.

Severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft, which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. If the lower bearing separates, the vehicle may experience a loss of steering.

The affected vehicles are currently registered in, or were originally sold in, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

To resolve the problem, Ford dealers will replace the lower intermediate shaft. In addition, the upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of lower intermediate shaft corrosion. Repairs will be performed as needed. If the steering column lower bearing has separated, a retainer clip will be installed. There will be no charge for theses services.

The recall is expected to begin October 21. Vehicle owners can reach Ford at 1-866-436-7332.