Risk of Steering Wheel Detachment Triggers Ford Recall of 1.38 Million Cars

Ford Motor Company is recalling 1.38 million cars worldwide because of reports of steering wheels coming completely off. Affected are model year 2014 through 2018 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZ sedans. Ford said it had received reports of at least two accidents related to the defect, and one injury. However, reviews of government records reportedly show as many as 45 incidents. Ford said the problem stems from potentially loose steering wheel bolts.

The latest recall affects 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., about 62,000 in Canada and about 14,000 in Mexico. Ford said it will replace bolts of affected cars with longer bolts and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose. Owners will be notified by mail the week of April 30, and parts are expected to be available by then, at no charge to owners.

(If this issue sounds familiar, it is. In February 2018, Hyundai recalled 43,900 vehicles which were at risk of the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. That recall affected the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs.)

To see if your vehicle is involved in this recall, go to www.safercars.gov and enter the vehicle’s VIN number. All recalls related to your car will pop up.