DETROIT — Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheel can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.
The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years.
Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem. Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose.
The recall applies to every version of the Fusion:
–Fusion Hybrid Platinum
–Fusion Energi Platinum
The recall also applies to every version of the Lincoln MKZ:
–Lincoln MKZ Premier
–Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premier
–Lincoln MKZ Black Label
The company recalled another 6,000 Fusion and Focus models due to a risk of fire from a fracture in the clutch pressure plate:
–Ford Focus model years 2013-16 with the Fox GTDI engine and B6 manual transmissions.
–Ford Fusion moel years 2013-15, with the Sigma GTDI engines and B6 manual transmissions.
Just over 1.3 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled. The rest are in Canada and Mexico.