Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall of it's North America cars. The steering wheel in certain vehicles may come detached from the steering column increasing the risk of injury or death.
Officials discovered that these 1.38 million vehicles have "potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel detaching from the steering column," Ford said in a statement.
The recall was issued for the 2014 through 2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars. Approximately, 1,301,986 vehicles are in the United States, 62,479 in Canada, and 14,172 in Mexico have all been issued a recall.
Dealerships will replace the steering wheel bolt with a longer bolt "with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon patch placed properly for proper torque retention — at no cost to customers," Ford said.
Ford is aware that this malfunction has lead to one injury, and at least two accidents. Customers of these models will be notified by Ford and dealerships will repair the vehicle free of charge.
The Ford reference number is 18SO8.
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