Ford Issues Recall Affecting 1.3 Million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Vehicles

A loose bolt could cause the steering wheel to detach while the vehicle is being driven

Ford Issues Recall Affecting 1.3 Million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Vehicles
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March 14, 2018

Ford has announced the recall of 1.3 million model year 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

What's the problem?

The affected vehicles have steering wheel bolts that may not maintain torque, allowing the bolts to loosen over time. If not serviced, the steering wheel could detach from the steering column while the vehicle is being driven and lead to a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford says that it has received reports of two accidents and one injury related to this issue.

What happens next?

Owners of the recalled Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles will be notified in the coming weeks. Dealers will then 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.

This repair will be completed free of charge to vehicle owners.

For more information about this recall or the repair process, contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332.