Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Cars Over Risk of Steering Wheel Coming Off

Wes Schwengels
March 15, 2018

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Ford announced Wednesday it is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles due to the risk of the steering wheel bolt becoming loose or the steering wheel detaching altogether. The carmaker said it’s aware of two accidents caused by the issue so far.

Ford said the steering wheel bolt in question can loosen over time, causing the steering wheel to come loose from the steering column and leading to a loss of control of the car while driving.

The recall applies to 2014-2018 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs. If you own one of the affected cars, you can take it to a Ford dealership, where the company will replace the steering wheel bolt with a better version for free.

The recall number is 18S08. If you’re not sure if your car is part of the recall, call a Ford dealership near you or check the Ford recall page. The dealer will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. Be prepared to provide your vehicle identification number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Additional recall for Fusion, Focus models

Ford also announced a second recall for about 6,000 additional cars: certain types of the 2013-2016 Ford Focus and 2013-2015 Ford Fusion, both with manual transmissions. The recall was spurred by a clutch pressure plate that can fracture and put the car at risk of catching fire.

The carmaker will inspect and replace the clutch as necessary when you take your affected car to a dealership. Call your local dealer if you’re not sure if your car qualifies. The recall number is 18S07.

Wes Schwengels

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By , March 17, 2018
A very good article