The recall involves 1.38 million of the 2014 through 2018 model-year Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans.
Ford announced the recall after discovering that the cars have “potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel detaching from the steering column,” according to a statement.
Ford said it knows of at least two accidents and one injury caused by the steering wheel detaching.
Ford dealerships will replace the bolts and with longer ones that have more aggressive threads. They will also attach a nylon patch to stop the bolts from coming loose.
The recall covers the following vehicles:
- 2014 through 2017 model-year Ford Fusion manufactured at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant between August 6, 2013 and February 29, 2016
- 2014 through 2018 model-year Ford Fusion manufactured at Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico, plant from July 25, 2013, through March 5, 2018
- 2014 through 2018 model-year Ford Lincoln MKZ manufactured at the Hermosillo, Mexico, plant from July 25, 2013, through March 5, 2018.
Customers will be notified when they can visit for repairs.
The recall affects about 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., about 62,000 in Canada, and 14,000 in Mexico.