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Ford's recall covers 1.4 million cars with steering wheel flaw

Credit AP				Ford Fusions like these sitting in 2015 in a dealership parking lot in Butler Pa. are included in the company’s new recall Credit AP Ford Fusions like these sitting in 2015 in a dealership parking lot in Butler Pa. are included in the company’s new recall
Troy Mann | 16 March, 2018, 10:26

Ford has just issued a safety recall of some 1.3 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models from the 2014 to 2018 model years.

Ford is recalling almost 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheel can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.

The company reports there have been two accidents and one injury linked to this fault in North America.

About 1,301,986 of the recalled vehicles are in the USA and federalized territories with 62,479 in Canada and 14,172 in Mexico.

The steering wheel problem makes it hard for drivers to properly control the auto and can lead to accidents. This pressure led Ford to initiate the recall.

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And engineers said the wheel could fall off in drivers' hands if left unfixed. The auto manufacturer found that two of their manufacturing plants rolled out vehicles with loose steering wheels.

It applies to about 6,000 select models of Focus and Fusion cars in the United States and Canada. In this case the reason for the recall is a potential clutch plate fracture, which could cause a fire.

Affected cars include 2013-2016 Ford Fusion vehicles that have a 1.0 liter Fox GTDI engine and B6 manual transmission, and 2013-2015 Ford Fusion vehicles that have a 1.6 liter Sigma GTDI engine and a B6 manual.

Ford said it is not aware of any fires, wrecks or injuries associated with this problem. The company has stated that the steering wheels can detach from the steering column which could make drivers lose control over the vehicle. Ford dealers will be fixing the issue free of charge.

Information for this article was contributed by The Associated Press.

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