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Ford recalls nearly 1.4M cars over steering wheel issues

Ford recalls nearly 1.4M cars over steering wheel issues

Ford said Wednesday that it is recalling almost 1.4 million cars in North America after the company discovered that steering wheels in two vehicle models could come off while driving.

Ford Motor Co. has elected to issue a safety recall in North America for around 1.4 million vehicles.

Ford also said that is is aware of two incidents that are allegedly connected to the fault in the steering wheel. One person was injured.

There are a few essentials for driving any vehicle - pedals, tires and a steering wheel among other parts. The issue has to do with a bolt coming loose over time and possibly disconnecting the steering wheel.

2014-18 Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018.

2014-2018 Ford Fusions built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico from July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018. As a result, this puts drivers at a much higher risk to not be able to control their cars properly.

The Ford recall will allow owners of affected vehicles to bring them by dealerships and have them repaired. Ford's customer-service phone number is 866-436-7332, and Lincoln's phone number is 800-521-4140. Roughly 1.3 million of the affected vehicles are in the USA, with the rest in Canada and Mexico.

2014-2017 Ford Fusions built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in MI from August 6, 2013 to February 29, 2016.

Relative to the latter case, the problem affects those with manual transmissions. A crack in the clutch pressure plate could cause flammable transmission fluid to leak, but Ford says it isn't aware of any fires or injuries stemming from the issue. At the time the agency had no reports of crashes or injuries. If it's not secured, the bolt could back out and the steering wheel could separate from the steering column.

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