Ford is recalling 1.four million sedans throughout North America as a result of the bolt that holds the steering wheel to the steering column can turn into unfastened over time and permit the wheel detach itself whereas the autos are being pushed.
Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ automobiles from the 2014-2018 mannequin years are coated by the protection motion, with 1.three million of them positioned in the USA.
Two crashes and one damage have been linked to the problem. Affected house owners might be formally notified over the last week of April when components to repair the automobiles are scheduled to be accessible. Ford hasn’t informed house owners to not drive their autos within the meantime.
The recall comes about 5 months after the U.S. Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration opened an investigation into steering wheels falling off of Fusions from the 2014 via 2016 mannequin years.
The security company mentioned in paperwork that it started the probe after receiving three complaints, together with one from a driver from Georgia who reported that the steering wheel in a 2015 Fusion fell into their lap when turning right into a fuel station.
Two different individuals reported that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column got here unfastened whereas driving and needed to be retightened at a restore store. On the time the company had no studies of crashes or accidents.
Ford is not the one producer to subject a recall for steering wheels coming off. In February, Hyundai recalled 43,900 autos which have been susceptible to the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. That recall affected the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs.
The Related Press contributed to this report