Ford: So, the Fusion's Steering Wheel Might Fall Off

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Ford has issued a recall for 1.4 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles as the steering wheel may come detached from the column.

This rather worrying issue is related to loose bolts. Ford says the fastening bolts on Fusion and MKZ steering wheels may come loose over time, which may eventually lead to a complete detachment of the wheel.

The American automaker knows of two accidents and one injury related to the problem. It affects 2014 to 2017 model year Fusion vehicles built at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant between August 6th, 2013 and February 29th, 2016. It also affects 2014 to 2018 model year Fusions and MKZs built at its Hermosillo, Mexico plant from July 25th, 2013 through to March 5th 2018.

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Most of the vehicles are located in the United States, but there are also affected cars in Canada and Mexico.

Ford will install longer steering wheel bolts in the cars with improved threads, and also use a larger nylon patch for better bolt retention. Owners of affected vehicles can also reach out to Ford customer relations at 1-800-565-3673.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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