Ford recalls 1.3M Fusions over 'detaching' steering wheelsby Justin King
A separate recall addresses clutch pressure plate failures in the Ford Focus.
Following an NHTSA investigation, Ford has issued a recall for around 1.3 million 2014-2018 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans that pose a risk of steering wheel detachment.
"In affected vehicles, the steering wheel bolt may not maintain torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time, and if not serviced, a steering wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash," the company says.
The company is aware of two accidents with one alleged injury related to the defect.
A second recall involves 2013-2016 Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0- or 1.6-liter engine and manual gearbox. "Repeated high energy clutch slip input" while changing gears can lead to premature clutch lining wear, causing the pressure plate to crack and eventually increasing the risk of a fire.
"Ford is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with this issue," the company says.