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Ford recalls 62K vehicles in Canada over faulty steering wheels that could detach

This Aug. 21, 2014 file photo shows the Ford logo on a vehicle at a dealership in Hialeah, Fla.  .
This Aug. 21, 2014 file photo shows the Ford logo on a vehicle at a dealership in Hialeah, Fla. . AP Photo/Alan Diaz

Ford is recalling roughly 1.3 million vehicles in North American, including over 60,000 in Canada, because of loose steering wheels.

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The vehicles affected by the recall are certain Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models assembled between 2014 and 2018.

“Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 1.3 million 2014-18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel detaching from the steering column,” the recall states.

Affected models are:

  • 2014-17 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Michigan’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 6, 2013 to Feb. 29, 2016
  • 2014-18 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Mexico’s Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018
  • 2014-18 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 25, 2013 to March 5, 2018
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Ford said the steering wheel bolt may loosen over time, causing the potential for the wheel to detach, leading to the loss of control over the vehicle.

The company said it’s aware of two accidents involving injury allegedly related to a faulty steering wheel.

Ford said auto dealers will replace the steering bolts with longer ones that have a larger thread and nylon patch at no cost for owners.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S08.

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