Ford recalls 1.3m vehicles over loose bolts

Ford recalls 1.3m vehicles over loose bolts

The company announced Wednesday it's issuing a safety recall for approximately 1.3 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, both from model years 2014-2018. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from 2014 through 2018 model years.

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

The latest recall affects 1.3 million vehicles in the US, about 62,000 in Canada and about 14,000 in Mexico.

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About 1.3 million cars in the United States are subject to the recall with the remainder of affected cars in Canada and Mexico. The affected models are 2013-16 Ford Focuses and 2013-15 Ford Fusions. If that's not fixed, the steering wheel could detach from the vehicle, causing the driver to lose the ability to steer. That could cause the steering wheel to loosen and in a worse case scenario, detach from the sterling column and lead to a crash. To fix the faulty vehicles, Ford dealers have been instructed to install a longer lock nut with what the automaker says is "more robust thread engagement" in place of the faulty bolt. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S08. The vast majority of the recalled cars are in the United States, but almost 80,000 vehicles are in Canada and Mexico, according to the company. Repeated cyclic heating and cooling events may cause cracks around the outer edge of the pressure plate.

The affected vehicles will be fixed for free, of course, at local Ford and Lincoln dealers. Fusions will be updated with a new clutch assembly at no cost to customers. Via Ford's press release, the safety recall has occurred due to the risk of a possible clutch plate fracture.

The company said that when drivers repeatedly change gears, the clutch lining can prematurely wear down, degrading the pressure plate.