Ford Motor Company is recalling 1.3 million model year 2014-18 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs.
The vehicles have potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in the steering wheel detaching from the steering column, leading to a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.
The automaker says it is aware of two accidents with one injury that may be related to this condition.
The following vehicles are being recalled:
- Model year 2014-17 Ford Fusions built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant from August 6, 2013, to February 29, 2016;
- Model year 2014-18 Ford Fusions built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018; and
- Model year 2014-18 Lincoln MKZs built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018
About 1,301,986 of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories with 62,479 in Canada and 14,172 in Mexico.
What to do
Dealers will replace the steering wheel bolt on the vehicle with a longer bolt with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention at no cost to customers.
Ford's reference number for this recall is 18S08.