A 2017 Ford Fusion like this is part of the Ford recall.

Ford is recalling some 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans because their steering wheels could become loose or even detach.

According to the automaker, a bolt that connects the steering wheel could loosen over time. As a result, the wheel could come loose and lead to a loss of steering control. Ford said it knows of two accidents that may be related to this problem, one of which resulted in injury. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 1,301,986 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans:

  • Some 2014-17 Fusion sedans built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan from Aug. 6, 2013 through Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Some 2014-18 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans built at Ford’s Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013 through March 5, 2018.

The problem: On affected vehicles, the steering-wheel bolt may not maintain enough pressure, allowing it to loosen over time. As a result, the steering wheel may detach.

The fix: According to Ford, dealers will replace the existing steering-wheel bolt with a new, longer bolt. Ford will also install a larger nylon patch meant to maintain the appropriate pressure. These parts should be available by the end of April, Ford says.

How to contact the manufacturer: A Ford spokeswoman told CR that the automaker will notify customers by mail the week of April 30. Ford’s customer-service phone number is 866-436-7332, and Lincoln’s phone number is 800-521-4140.

NHTSA campaign number: There is not yet a campaign number from the NHTSA for this recall. Ford’s reference number is 18S08.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in your 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

CR members can stay up to date on their car recalls using our Car Recall Tracker.

2016 Ford Fusion steering wheel