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Ford recalls 1.4 million cars because steering wheel can come off

Ford recalls 1.4 million cars because steering wheel can come off”

Under pressure from USA regulators, Ford is recalling almost 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control. On the list of affected vehicles are 2014-2017 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant (Michigan) from August 6, 2013, to February 29, 2016, as well as 2014-2018 Fusion sedans built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant (Mexico) between July 25, 2013, and March 5, 2018. The solution is for a longer bolt to be added that will prevent the loosening of the wheel, as well as a nylon patch to secure the bolt. If that's not fixed, the steering wheel could detach from the vehicle, causing the driver to lose the ability to steer.

Ford said it knows of two accidents with one injury allegedly related to this issue.

The recall comes about five months after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problem.

The issue appears to be the bolt that holds the steering wheel onto the steering column, which can loosen over time. Cars in Canada and Mexico are also being recalled.

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Ford has also issued a recall for 6,000 other United States cars over a different potential issue that could pose a fire risk.

That warning includes 2013-15 Ford Fusions produced by the same Mexican plant that was responsible for the steering wheel recall. The problem can cause the clutch pressure plate to fracture, and there is a risk of leaking transmission fluid that ups the risk of an engine-compartment fire, Ford said.

Ford assured drivers that the work to fix the problems would be carried out free of charge.

There are many mechanical and electronic faults that prompt automakers to issue recalls, but the last thing people would like to hear is that the steering wheel may fall off in their lap while driving. That recall affected the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs.



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