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Ford Recalls 1.4M Cars For Loose Steering Wheel Bolt

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 3/15/2018 Alexa Lardieri
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Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles in North America for potentially loose steering wheel bolts, warning that over time the defect could lead to the wheel coming loose from the steering column.

According to a statement from the automaker , the recalled cars include 2014 to 2018 models of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. The recall involves about 1.3 million cars in the United States, 62,500 in Canada and 14,200 in Mexico. Ford said it is aware of two accidents with one injury allegedly related to this issue.

The company said Ford dealers will replace the faulty bolt for free, installing a longer one with better threading that will secure the steering wheel.

In addition to the Ford Focus and Lincoln MKZ, Ford is also recalling about 5,900 2013 to 2016 Ford Focuses and 2013 to 2015 Ford Fusions for potential risk of fire due to clutch pressure plate fracture. Dealers will update the vehicles with software to detect and prevent clutch pressure plate fracture and install a new clutch assembly for free.

The recall applies to some 5,350 cars in the United States and 515 cars in Canada. The automaker said it is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with that issue.

The recall follows a long line of recalls in cars, pickup trucks and SUVs in North America for concerns including engine failure, loss of motive power, inaccurate gear selection, airbags and loose front and rear seats.

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