Ford recalls older large cars to fix headlight problem

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DEARBORN, Michigan  — Ford is recalling about 313,000 older large cars in North America because the headlights can go dark and cause a crash.

The recall covers some Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis from the 2003 to 2005 model years.

The company says solder joints in the lighting control module can crack and cut off power to the headlights. Ford says it knows of 11 crashes and one minor injury because of the problem.

The cars were built from Oct. 3, 2001 through Aug. 2, 2005. Dealers will replace the lighting control module at no cost to owners.

Owners will be notified about the recall starting the week of Jan. 18. Those with headlight problems should contact their dealer.