Recall 18S08

Steering Wheel Can Come Loose

Recall Details

The steering wheel bolt can come loose and lead to a steering wheel detaching from the steering column. This affects 2014-2018 Ford Fusions and 2014-2018 Lincoln MKZs.

Our Quick Take

If the steering bolt wheel comes loose, the steering wheel can come off, meaning you have no control over which direction the car moves. This is very dangerous and could lead to an accident or injury.

What Should You Do?

Ford will replace the steering bolt with a better, longer one. Recall repairs on your Ford must be performed by a Ford dealership. Ford will notify known owners of affected vehicles, and estimates there are more than 1.3 million such vehicles. If you want to check to see if your vehicle is included, call one of your local Ford dealerships. They 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. The Ford recall number is 18S08.

Suspension & Steering, March 14, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 14, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 1.3 million 2014-18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel detaching from the steering column.
In affected vehicles, the steering wheel bolt may not maintain torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time, and if not serviced, a steering wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash.
Dealers will 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— at no cost to customers.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
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