Ford recalls almost 1.4M cars, says steering wheels can detach

Marco Green
March 14, 2018

Ford Motor Co said Wednesday it is recalling 1.38 million vehicles in North America for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could detach, in a callback linked to two accidents and one injury.

Ford says the problem is that the steering wheel bolt that keeps the wheel attached to the column might not provide enough torque, resulting in the bolt slowly loosening and working its way off the column.

2014-18 Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018.

When driving a vehicle, the steering wheel is only expected to move in a rotational fashion, either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

"Ford is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with this issue", the company says.

The second largest USA automaker said the recall covers 2014 through 2018 model year Ford Fusion cars and 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at plants in MI and Mexico.

The Focuses were built in Wayne, Mich., from July 2014 through June 2016, while the Fusions were made in Hermosillo from March 2012 through June 2014.

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