Ford is issuing a massive recall for some serious issues with their recent-model vehicles.
North American carmaker Ford is issuing two recalls for a pair of completely separate issues. The first one deals with how your steering wheel might just come off while you’re driving like a cartoon. As funny as that sounds, it’s little less funny when it’s happening to you and basically guarantees a bad crash.
The specific issue is that the bolt connecting the wheel to the steering column can become loose, meaning one good yank will take it clean off. Hilarious, and yet not.
This recall affects over 1.4 million cars in North America, including 2014-18 Ford Fusions built at the Flat Rock and Hermosillo assembly plants, and 2014-18 Lincoln MKZs built at the Hermosillo Plant in Mexico.
"The recall involves approximately 1,378,637 vehicles in North America with 1,301,986 in the United States and federalized territories, 62,479 in Canada and 14,172 in Mexico,” wrote Ford on their official press release.
Ford is aware of at least two accidents with regards to this problem, and at least one injury. As usual, owners of affected vehicles will be contacted and have their bolts swapped with better ones (and given fancy nylon patches) at no charge.
The second recall is smaller but no less dangerous. On certain turbo-diesel cars with manual transmissions, the clutch can slip, crack the pressure plate, leak transmission fluid, and start a fire in the engine compartment.
"Torque capacity reduction due to clutch lining wear can cause excessive slip, introducing a large amount of energy and heat into the pressure plate,” announced Ford. “Structural failure or fracture of the pressure plate eventually may occur. Leaking transmission fluid near an ignition source can lead to the risk of an engine compartment fire."
This recall affects nearly 6000 cars in the US and Canada, including 2013-16 Ford Focus with 1.0-liter Fox GTDI engines, and 2013-15 Ford Fusion vehicles with 1.6-liter Sigma GTDI. Both also have B6 manual transmissions.
To fix the issue, Ford will update the Focus’ software to detect clutch wear and inspect the clutch to see if it needs replacement. The Fusion must not have sufficient silicon wizardry to detect the issue since Ford is replacing all their clutches without any software updates. All repairs are done courtesy of Ford.