Ford has just announced a recall of 1.4 million Fusion sedans (and basically-the-same-thing Lincoln MKZs) because of an issue with steering wheels that might fall off due to loose bolts.
Only two accidents have been attributed to the defect – which may the result of the bolts vibrating loose or possibly because they weren’t sufficiently tightened during assembly. Ford says
The recall covers the following vehicles:
- 2014-17 Fusions built in Flat Rock, Mich., from Aug. 6, 2013, to Feb. 29, 2016.
- 2014-18 Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018.
The vast majority of the vehicles were sold in the U.S., while some are in Canada and Mexico, Ford said.
Ford is telling dealers to install a longer steering-wheel bolt “with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention.”