Ford recalls 1.4 million vehicles

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The recall involves the 2014-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. If it's not secured, the bolt could back out and the steering wheel could separate from the steering column.

Of the affected Fusions and MKZs, just over 1.3 million were sold in the US, with about 62,000 in Canada and 14,000 in Mexico covered under the same recall. The reference number for this specific recall is 18S08. There are 62,479 affected vehicles in Canada.

The company says it's aware of at least two accidents and one injury that might have been caused by the problem.

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Owners of the affect models will be notified from Ford via email or mail if their auto is involved in the recall.

The recall comes about five months after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into steering wheels falling off of Fusions from the 2014 through 2016 model years.

The Fix: Dealers will remove the old steering wheel bolt and replace it with a new one.

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2014-17 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 6, 2013 to February 29, 2016.

Relative to the latter case, the problem affects those with manual transmissions. There is a potential clutch pressure plate fracture.

A worn or fractured plate could cause transmission fluid to leak near an ignition source, leading to a fire, Ford said. It can pose a fire risk. Two accidents with one injury have been reported in connection with the steering wheel bolts. Akin to the steering wheel malfunctions, those who experience this complication will not be charged for the inconvenience.

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