Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Sedans in North America because the steering wheel bolt could loosen, potentially causing the steering wheel to detach, the company announced today.
This scenario means the driver could loose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash and personal injury.
Ford acknowledges that two accidents and one injury are allegedly linked to this problem. In October, federal regulators began investigating those incidents.
To fix the problem, Ford dealers will inspect the steering wheels and install a longer steering-wheel bolt "with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention."
The recall covers 2014 to 2017 model Fusions built in Flat Rock, Michigan from Aug. 6, 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016 as well as 2014 to 2018 model Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018. According to the automaker, the majority of the vehicles were sold in the U.S., but some are in Canada and Mexico.