Ford Due to Steering Wheel Concerns

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FBN's Nicole Petallides with more.

Ford is recalling 1.4 million vehicles because the steering wheels can become loose and even come off while driving.

Ford said the recall covers 2014 through 2018 model year Ford Fusion cars and 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at plants in MI and Mexico.

About 1.3 million cars in the United States are subject to the recall with the remainder of affected cars in Canada and Mexico.

Dealers at no cost will replace the steering-wheel bolts on affected vehicles with longer ones featuring more robust thread engagement and a larger nylon patch aimed at preventing the parts from loosening.

The recall comes about five months after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into steering wheels falling off of Fusions from the 2014 through 2016 model years. This includes a recall for the risk of steering wheel detaching from the steering column in midsize cars.

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Ford Motor Company is issuing two safety recalls in North America.

The automaker said it knows of two accidents and one injury linked to the problem, which federal regulators began investigating in October. Ford will send recall notifications to affected owners via first-class mail in the near future. In February, Hyundai had to recall over 40,000 vehicles due to wobbly steering wheels as well.

2014-2018 Ford Fusions built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico from July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018.

Owners of the affect models will be notified from Ford via email or mail if their vehicle is involved in the recall. Structural failure or fracture of the pressure plate eventually may occur.

In affected vehicles, repeated high-energy clutch slip input made while changing gears can result in premature clutch lining wear.

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