Due to loose bolts that could allow the steering wheel to fall off, Ford Motor Co. has recalled almost 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans in N. America.
Ford Motor Co. has said that they know of only two accidents and one injury related to the problem. Federal investigators started investigating the incidents back in October. The automaker has said that the steering wheel bolt could loosen over time which results in the detachment of the wheel and no steering control.
The recall includes 2014 – 2017 Ford Fusions that were built in Flat Rock, Michigan between August 6, 2013 and February 29, 2016. The recall also includes 2014-2018 Ford Fusions and MKZs that were built in Hermosillo, Mexico between July 25, 2013 and March 5, 2018.
Ford said that the majority of the recalled vehicles were sold in the United States and that some are in Mexico and Canada.
As Ford tries to fix the problem, they are telling dealers to install a longer bolt for the steering wheel that have a “more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention.”
This is the second time in a month that a recall has been announced due to a steering wheel malfunction. In late February, Hyundai had to recall 44,000 of their Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers. Hyundai had said that the “steering wheel assembly could break”.
Along with recall of the Ford Fusions and MKZs, Ford will also recall around 6,000 more cars due to fractures in clutch plates that can increase the chance of fire. This recall applies to 2013-2016 Ford Focus with a 1 liter Fox GTDI engine and a B6 manual transmission . It also applies to the 2013-2015 Ford Fusion with a 1.6 liter GTDI engine and same type of manual transmission.
The Ford Focuses in question were built in Wayne, MI between July 2014 and June 2016. The Fusions were built in Hermosillo, Mexico between March 2012 and June 2014. At this time, Ford is not aware of any incidents related to this recall.