Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Ford recalls nearly 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose

Ford recalls nearly 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose

Ford announced that it would be recalling 1.38 million cars because of an issue with the bolts on the steering wheels, that could cause them to become loose or detach over time. The reason? It was discovered the steering wheels on impacted models have a chance of completely coming loose while on the road, thus leaving drivers with no means to control their vehicles.

The recall affects 2014-2018 Ford Fusions and 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZ cars, but only applies to cars in North America.

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Ford's reference number for the recall is 18S08.

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The recall involves approximately 1,378,637 vehicles in North America with 1,301,986 in the United States and federalized territories, 62,479 in Canada and 14,172 in Mexico. The cars were all produced at plants in MI and Mexico. To fix the issue, Ford will be replacing the bolt with a longer bolt, which it describes as more robust, along with a large nylon patch that will help secure better torque retention.

Ford is aware of two accidents with one injury allegedly related to this condition.

All of the cars in question were manufactured from 2013 to 2018 at the two assembly plants. In February, Hyundai recalled 43,900 vehicles that were at risk of the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. Around 6,000 Fusion and Ford Focus cars built between 2013 and 2016 with one-liter and 1.6-liter engines were also recalled over the risk of fire from fractured clutch pressure plates.

While at it, Ford has other "uplifting news" for Fusion owners, more specifically for those who drive 2013-15 models equipped with the 1.6-liter Sigma GTDI engine and B6 manual transmission.

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