Almost 1.4M Ford, Lincoln cars recalled; steering wheel can come loose

Isaac Cain
March 16, 2018

There were two other similar complaints that a bolt attaching the steering wheel to the column came apart while driving and had to be refitted at a fix shop. As far as recalls are concerned, this is certainly one of the scarier ones we've seen in recent years. These affected models include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from model years 2014-18.

FORD has been forced to recall over 1.3million cars in the USA over a dodgy steering wheel.

The vehicle maker has also said that it is aware of two crashes and one injury that could have been caused by the issue.

If you own a vehicle that falls under the list above, you can take your auto into an authorized Ford dealership and they'll replace the steering wheel for one with a longer and more secure bolt for free.

Ford's reference number for the recall is 18S08. Most of these cars were sold in the United States but nearly 80,000 of the vehicles were also sold in Canada and in Mexico.

These cars were made in two different factories in Flat Rock in MI and in Hermosillo in Mexico. The potentially faulty steering wheel bolt will be replaced with a longer and sturdier one.

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2018-2018 Lincoln MKZ models assembled at the Hermosillo plant between July 25, 2013 and March 5, 2018.

And engineers said the wheel could fall off in drivers' hands if left unfixed.

Ford also announced a safety recall for about 6,000 manual-transmission cars over a clutch-plate problem that carries a risk of fire.

Torque capacity reduction due to clutch lining wear can cause excessive slip, introducing a large amount of energy and heat into the pressure plate.

But all those recalled cars are manual transmission cars, which are not commonly sold. This can cause transmission fluid to leak, which can then lead to a fire.

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